Indexer/Abstractor | Maryland's iSchool - College of Information Studies - Graduate Program - University Of Maryland

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

College of Information Science and Technology

School of Information Sciences

School of Information


Practice Settings

Many indexers/abstractors work as freelancers, so a typical work setting is one’s own home. Organizational work settings include those associated with abstracting and indexing (A&I) services and Web search directories

Primary Responsibilities

Generate back-of-the-book index; index Web sites for Web search directory; index journal articles for A&I service; abstract journal articles for A&I service.

Recommended Information Studies Electives

Students should consult with their advisors to select electives that best support individual intellectual interests and career goals. The electives listed here are not meant to represent the complete listing of all relevant courses that a student may take within the iSchool, at other units on campus or as part of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Course Number Course Title

707 Field Study in Library Service
709 Independent Study
770 Bibliographic Control
750 Information Access in Electronic Environments
772 Seminar in the Organization of Knowledge
773 Classification Theory
775 Construction and Maintenance of Index Languages and Thesauri
793 Database Design
794 Principles of Software Evaluation
796 Information Retrieval Systems

Professional Associations

American Society for Indexers

National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS)

Key Geographic Areas for Employment

Washington, DC and other large urban areas

Near publishers, Web search engine developers

Specialized Placement Services