What is word-by-word?

word-by-word meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

A method of alphabetization in which headings that begin with the same word are arranged in alphabetical order by the next word, and so on, with alphabetizing continued across spaces, commas, hyphens, slashes, and apostrophes (“New Testament” filed before “New, William” before “newt”). Also known as nothing before something. Compare with letter-by-letter.


reference: ABC-CLIO