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Dissertation Table of Contents

In existing Articles, we have read about the dissertation abstract. We have learned about how to write abstract and Acknowledgement for dissertation. Now in this article, We will gain knowledge about How to write a dissertation table of contents. As in Harvard style, table of contents page comes after abstract.

Students pursuing Undergraduate from University in Singapore often get confused about where to list the chapters of the dissertation.  They are also unaware of things to be included in the dissertation table of contents. By reading this article students will able to learn about the techniques of automatically creating a table of content in the thesis. Some students also face issues related to formatting table of content page. An expert team of Singapore assignment help has provided the complete guideline for creating and updating table of contents.

Definition of Dissertation Table of contents.

Dissertation table of contents is a page where you place heading of contents along with page numbers. You need to include the table of content page between the introduction and abstract. Table of contents can be defined as organization of the headings and subheadings of topics in a systematic manner.

The main objective of the table of content in dissertation is to provide the reader with ease in accessing the specific contents. The dissertation table of content should be design in such a way that the reader could easily develop the understanding of the sequence of the contents. Maximum length of table of contents in dissertation is a maximum of two pages.

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Table of contents: Example

Below example demonstrate the proper layout of dissertation table of contents page.

List of tables ……………………………………1

List of all diagrams …………………………….2

Background information ………………………………………..3

Introduction …………………………………………………….4

Literature review ……………………………………………….5

Methodology……………………………………………………..6

Gantt chart ……………………………………………………….7

Discussion …………………………………………………………10

Results or findings………………………………………………..14

 

Important characteristics of the Table of contents

  • A title page
  • Concise headings and subheadings
  • Page numbers which represent every section of the dissertation.

What to include in the table of contents?

Two important things which need to be included in the dissertation are :

Minimum two headings

You need to include a minimum of two headings in the table of content. The level three headings if you don’t want to add in table of content then you can omit. Headings such as Introduction, main body, literature review, methods and bibliography all comes under level 3.

For instance,

Chapter 3: Research methods

3.1 Techniques of data collections

3.1.1 Interview and Questionnaire

Note: While  making or updating table of contents you should give proper headings to content. As clear headings will help the reader in easily navigating the different sections.

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Appendices and tables

Appendices and tables can also be included in table of contents. If in case there are three or more tables in your documents then it is advisable to list it on a different page. You can also include a list of tables and figures in the table of contents.

Abstract and Acknowledgement are not included in the table of contents.

In context of APA style,  you can include the list of asbbreviations while creating the table of content for research paper.

How to create a table of content in word automatically?

You for inserting table of contents in the word need to apply heading styles in your entire document. Now, you have to follow systematic procedure given below for creating the table of contents in word.

  • First, you need to insert titles on your content page. While including title in your table of content page you need to review your guidelines.
  • Position your cursor at place where you need to position table of contents.
  • Click on the reference tab in the ribbon
  • After that, you need to click on arrow near table of content icons. It is a place from where you can select the levels of headings that you intend to include in table of contents. You could also make adjustments manually in the level of headings.
  • Finally, when you finish including the heading click ok for generating the table of contents automatically.

How to update the Table of content automatically?

You should update the table of content at a regular interval of time. It is very much important for you to update the table of content before finally submitting dissertation. As some changes in content could take place at the time of revision procedure. At the time of making the final revision, you should confirm that page numbers are accurate.

You for updating the table of contents finally require right-clicking the mouse button by placing cursor on table of content page. After right-clicking, you simply need to select update field option.

 

Author Bio:

Laura Tan

I am an academic writer since 2003 and associated with Singapore Assignment Help. I have expertise in making dissertation proposal. Till now i helped more than 2000 Singaporean and Malaysian Students in completing their masters dissertations thesis and other academic papers.