All chapters or titled sections and all first-level subheadings of the manuscript are listed in the table of contents.It is not necessary and, in manuscripts with numerous second- and third- level subheadings, it is not recommended to list other than first-level subheadings.A list of tables, a list of figures, a list of symbols, a list of abbreviations, or a glossary may be used. The title is placed 2 inches from the top edge of the page in all capital letters: LIST OF TABLES. A list of tables or a list of figures is required if there are 5 to 25 entries.
Subheadings are neither underlined nor italicized in the table of contents.
If the table of contents continues on to a second page, it begins 1 inch from the top of the page, and it is not labeled “Table of Contents Continued” (see the Table of Contents in this handbook for a sample).
It is not permissible to create a combined list of tables and figures.
In a list, the word “Table” or “Figure” should be used as referents only, printed once above the list of entries.
You should now have a document outline with a list of headings for your sections (maybe even a few sections filled in if you were feeling motivated to make a start! From here, we can move on to: A thesis requires a detailed table of contents that lists the headings and page numbers of each section.
Rather than manually scrolling through your document making notes of where everything is (and having to go back and change numbers every time you add something new or move a section) why not let Word do all the hard work?When your document is properly laid out, generating a Table of Contents in Word is as simple as 1, 2, 3 (something my silly undergraduate self could sorely have done with knowing 3 years ago!! With the cursor at the start of the document where you want to insert the Table of Contents: easy when you have things set up properly!The Table of Contents will be generated automatically using the different levels of heading that you defined when you set up your outline.(An exception to this rule occurs if the table title appears in all capital letters on the table itself; table titles in the list of tables are not typed in all capital letters.) Capitalization in lists must be consistent and must agree with what is on the actual page in the text.Either headline style (the first letter of major words capitalized) or sentence style (the first letter of the first word capitalized) can be used; however, capitalization styles may not be mixed.The second page is not labeled “List of Tables Continued” or “List of Figures Continued.” Individual entries are single-spaced with a double space between each entry.In the last post I showed you how to make an outline for your thesis in Word.If a table or figure occupies more than one page, only the initial page number is listed.If the title or caption of a table or figure appears on a part-title page preceding the table or figure, the page number in the list refers to the number of the part-title page.The word “Table” or “Figure” is not repeated with each entry (see the List of Figures and List of Tables in this handbook for a sample).As noted for entries in the table of contents, the listing of tables and figures must agree exactly in wording, capitalization, and punctuation with the table title or figure caption.