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This report is extracted from the 1000 Section (Confirmed Newspaper Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.   Either a compiler, publisher or repository had confirmed the existance of this index and supplied information for the report. See the INTRODUCTION for the methodology used in compiling the LATHROP REPORT.

REPORT NO:  1296A Previous Report (1295C)  |  Next Report (1297A)
INDEX NAME:  Des Moines Register Index
  • DES MOINES REGISTER Des Moines IA 1951-Current
Ames IA 50010
Telephone: (515) 294-1442
AVAILABILITY:  A published index. Subscription includes biweekly indexes, with quarterly and annual cumulations. Contact the Iowa State Universtiy Library for prices.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  This is an index to Iowa news, and such national or international news having ramifications in articles on state or regional personalities, obituaries, items of a topical nature (e.g. Loch Ness monster, Vikings in Paraguay, medical breakthroughs, etc), and articles which lend themselves to short papers or speech assignments. Sports and crime reports are excluded from the index. The five-star (late-city) edition of the Des Moines Register is the one indexed as well as microfilmed.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  A book form index consisting of computer printout reduced and printed on 11x8½ inch pages, with about 55 lines per page. The index is a computer-produced KWOC (keywork-out-of-context) index. The keywords (or natural language descriptors) are extracted from the headline or assigned by the indexer from the text of the article. Each entry consists of one of the keywords (descriptors) followed by the headline or a brief description of the article, and then the citation. The citation indicates the newspaper, month, day, year, page, and column. If a picture accompanies the article, then the word "picture" appears after the page number. NOTE: This computer-generated index was preceeded by a 3x5 card index to the Des Moines Register. The card file index was maintained for aobut 25 years (since the early 1950's).
SIZE OF INDEX:  About 12 to 15 articles per newspaper are indexed, with each article being assigned about three subject descriptors (keywords).
William H. Mischo. "A computer-produced newspaper index", Journal of Library Automation, v 10, #1, March 1977, p 41-52.
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