Master Indexing offers a variety of professional indexing services to suit your specific needs.
Master Indexing has provided book indexing services since 1988, covering a range of educational (primary and secondary) texts, academic and scholarly texts, and trade titles.
Max’s expertise is in the biological sciences, for which he is one of the foremost indexers in Australia. He also indexes a range of other disciplines, including chemistry, physics, environmental science, business, history, cooking and travel.
Specific subjects and types of books indexed
We index publications covering a vast range of topics.
Click on each subject below to view a selection of works indexed in that discipline by Master Indexing since 2020.
- Annual reports
- Business / Accounting / Management / Taxation
- Children’s books
- Education / Teaching
- Food / Food technology
- Geology / Mining
- Health sciences / Medicine / Mental health / Nursing
- History / Local history / Social history
- Indigenous culture
- Mathematics / Statistics
- Physical education
- Travel / Outdoors
- Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Master Indexing also compiles indexes in the following fields:
- Architecture / Building
- Chemistry / Pharmacology
- Gardening / Garden design
- Journalism / Media / Writing
- Veterinary medicine
Annual report indexing
Master Indexing provides indexing of annual reports for a range of Commonwealth departments and agencies.
We can work directly with the department or agency concerned or through intermediary packagers.
Find out which annual reports we’ve indexed recently.
Master Indexing can prepare annual indexes to journals and magazines but recommends integrating all index entries from published years into a single cumulative index.
Publishers, producing organisations and readers will all benefit enormously through cumulation.
Hyperlink for a better user experience
Adding hyperlinks from each index entry to a specific article makes information quick and easy to access.
With a single click on a hyperlinked page reference, users can be taken directly to the relevant article, saving time and eliminating the need to search for the correct issue.
Master Indexing has compiled hyperlinked cumulative indexes to two environmental magazines.
Each cumulative index is updated once a year or as new issues are released.
Victorian Landcare & Catchment Management Magazine
(Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – Victoria)
- All issues indexed from #1 (Spring 1996) to #84 (Winter 2022).
- Around 8,700 entries indexed and hyperlinked – creating a substantial resource for the Landcare community.
- Users can search the index for entries by topic, author, organisation or story title.
(Tertiary Ecosystem Research Network – University of Queensland)
- All issues from August 2011 to June 2022 have been indexed and hyperlinked. The project is ongoing.
Students who are unsure whether indexing is the right career choice for them are encouraged to try Sylvia Coates’ free course, Indexing Books as a Career. This course is run through the Canvas Network and provides six hours of instruction.
If this course convinces you to explore indexing in more detail, and you want to enrol in a comprehensive training program, then the University of California Berkeley Extension’s Indexing: Theory and Application course is for you.
Max McMaster from Master Indexing was one of the course instructors from 2010 to 2022.
For trainees who lack confidence in indexing, completing Sylvia Coates’ free Indexing Books as a Career course as a refresher would be beneficial.
Editors and editorial assistants
For editors and editorial assistants in need of basic indexing skills, indexing short courses run through the Insitute of Professional Editors are ideal.
Max McMaster is the trainer for many of these courses.
Alternatively, customised in-house training of editorial staff in indexing is available.