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Information to for current, retrospective, and prospective indexers for CPI

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Hope to see many indexers at the ACL Conference in Cedarville! CPI-related activities include:

  • Tuesday morning -- panel discussion "An Index: The Heart of Research"
  • Tuesday afternoon -- CPI Indexers meeting
  • Wednesday afternoon -- poster session "CPI Indexers: Service at Heart"


Don't forget -- the next quarterly deadline for current indexing is August 1.

How to Index

Fridays in February

Fridays in February was an introduction to indexing for CPI. Additional, more formal training is available above. However, if you like the interactive aspect of this type of training, look for another round of such sessions next February!

  1. Introduction to Indexing, Part 1: Reviews -- February 3
  2. Introduction to Indexing, Part 2: Articles -- February 10
  3. Introduction to Indexing, Part 3: Guided Practice -- February 17

In the course of the training, several online resources were shared via chat:

Text Editors

Using a Mac with your text files? So that we don't have trouble with smart punctuation, please read:

  1. In Textedit (The Mac text editor), choose the Textedit item from the top menu, then select preferences.
  2. In the preferences screen, make sure that format is set to plain text. This should be the default.
  3. Further down, there’s an options section with several checkboxes. Uncheck smart dashes and smart quotes. You may also want to uncheck text replacements and correct spelling automatically; those are up to you. Close the window, and the changes are saved and should stay the same across restarts of the text editor.

This info is from MacOS 10.11 but is probably the same or very similar in other versions.

Using a PC? Although Notepad works fine,if you want a few more features (like search and replace), try out Notepad++ (

Interested in Indexing?

From time to time, we have openings for additional indexers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sarah Wessel.

Recently Approved Titles -- Want to Index One?

Titles recently approved and appearing soon in CPI:

  • The Mockingbird (September 2023)
  • AGC Journal (March 2023)
  • Academia de Teologia Reformada (February 2023)
  • Liberty University Law Review (February 2023)
  • Lexington Theological Seminary Quarterly (February 2023)
  • Journal of Classical Theology (January 2023)
  • Philosophia Christi (January 2023)
  • Bulletin of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (January 2023)
  • CCCU Advance (June 2022)
  • The Chosen People (May 2022)
  • Journal for Biblical Perspectives in Leadership (March 2022)