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A register or index is a list of terms, usually arranged alphabetically, with references to their occurrences in the accompanying text. They are appended to sizeable scholarly books to make it possible to look something up quickly. Common forms include subject indexes, indexes of persons, and indexes of places. Medieval Latin terms were pinax or tabula (table), reportorium (finding place), and registrum. Beginning in early modern period, the Latin term index became especially common.

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Rosenke, Stephan, “Register”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026335>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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