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A book containing references, alphabetically arranged, to the contents of a series or collection of documents or volumes; or a section (normally at the end) of a single volume or set of volumes containing such references to its contents.

Statistical indexes are also used to track or measure changes in the economy (for example, the Consumer Price Index) and movement in stock markets (for example, Standard & Poor's Index). Such indexes are usually keyed to a base year, month, or other period of comparison.

In mortgage financing, the term is used to determine adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) interest rates after the discount period ends. Common indexes for ARMs are one-year Treasury Securities and the national average cost of funds to savings and loan associations.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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To avoid working with such a partial database, a <<focused searched>> was performed to complete the set of document obtained by the indexed search. The focused search was carried out to include other means of disseminating scientific work such as conference papers in the field, research reports, communication networks between professionals in the field, non-indexed journals, etc.
This technique can only be performed at the command prompt, and requires more processing time than an indexed search. Embedded term searching is a nice feature to fall back on, however, when only a partial title is known.