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n. ~ An index that uses hierarchical headings that reflect a faceted classification scheme.

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The technique of chain indexing was developed by Ranganathan.

Citations:
(Lancaster 1998, p. 54) [Chain indexing includes] each step of the hierarchical chain from the most specific to the most general. Thus, an item represented by the class number AbCfHYqZh would generate the following index entries: Nineteenth century, Germany, Manufacture, Woolen goods, Clothing (AbCfHYqZh); Germany, Manufacture, Woolen goods, Clothing (AbCfHYq); Manufacture, Woolen goods, Clothing (AbCfH); Woolen goods, Clothing (AbCf); Clothing (Ab).