Master Indexing offers a variety of professional indexing services to suit your needs, project and budget.
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 to view a selection of works indexed in that discipline by Master Indexing.
- Agriculture / Horticulture
- Annual reports
- Architecture / Building
- Business / Accounting / Marketing / Law / Taxation
- Children’s books
- Food / Food technology
- Gardening / Garden design
- Geology / Mining
- Health sciences / Medicine
- History / Military history / Politics / Social history
- Indigenous culture
- Journalism / Media / Writing
- Mathematics / Statistics
- Physical education
- Travel / Outdoor guides
- Veterinary medicine
Annual report indexing
Master Indexing provides indexes to annual reports for a range of Commonwealth departments and agencies.
We can work directly with the department/agency concerned or through intermediary packagers.
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 readership will all benefit enormously through cumulation.
Hyperlink for a better user experience
Adding hyperlinks from an index entry to a specific article makes information access quick and easy.
With a single click on a hyperlinked page reference, users can be taken directly to the article concerned, saving time and eliminating the need to search for the correct issue.
Master Indexing has compiled cumulative indexes to several journals and periodicals, including 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)
- All issues indexed from #1 (Spring 1996) to #78 (Winter 2020).
- Around 8000 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 January 2021 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 Indexing Books as a Career course. The MOOC is run through the Canvas Network and provides six hours of instruction.
If this course whets your appetite and you want to enrol in a comprehensive indexing course, then UC Berkeley Extension’s Indexing: Theory and Application course is for you.
Max began as an instructor of this course in 2010 and continues to this day.
For trainees who lack confidence in indexing, enrolling in Sylvia Coates’ free Indexing Books as a Career course as a refresher would be beneficial.
Editors and editorial assistants
For editors and editorial assistants who need to develop 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.