A dissertation or a thesis is an extended piece of writing – it’s a long one! So, to help your reader find information easily, you must include a Contents page.
Usually, the Contents page will come after the Acknowledgements and Abstract , and before the List of figures (if you have one) and the Introduction.
Figure 5: Example contents page
The Table of Contents (TOC) is an organized listing of the chapters and major sections of your document. Readers will immediately be able to see how your manuscript is organized and then skip down to sections that are most relevant to them. A clear, concise, and well formatted TOC is the first indicator of a good research paper.
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The accuracy of the table of contents will be checked at final submission.
Tables, figures, illustrations and appendices must be listed by number and title, and must include a page number.