Table of Contents Template

To most people the table of contents is probably the most conspicuous part of any book and therefore, generally the most ignored part. Many of us tend to just pass over the contents page to what we believe is the actual content of the book. But that does not change the fact that the table of contents is probably what makes or breaks the first impression of a book, research paper, or project report, especially one for academic purposes. Therefore, it is important to understand what the proper format of a table of contents is. This article helps you do the same by giving you a template that you can follow.Format

The most basic of writing tips for any table of contents is that it will start with a header and will give the page numbers for the entire content of the book, research paper, project, or any other document. There are several templates that are available online and even without these templates, it is possible for you to create a table of contents with the help of the desktop applications and office suites that most computers come with.

Example

One of the best ways to take a look at different types of examples of table of contents is to go through different types of books and magazines that you may find around you. The example given below is a very generic sample for a research paper on crime reporting, in the leading newspapers in a city.

Contents

Introduction
Background …………………………… 2-1
Objective …………………………… 2-2
Methods …………………………… 2-3
Crime Record in the City
3.1 Crime over the Years …………………………… 3-1
3.2 Area wise Crime Rate …………………………… 3-2
3.3 History of Convictions …………………………… 3-4
Representation of Crime in TA Gazette
4.1 Overall Coverage of Crime …………………………… 4-1
4.2 Quantitative Analysis …………………………… 4-2
4.3 Qualitative Analysis …………………………… 4-5
Representation of Crime in Morning News
5.1 Overall Coverage of Crime …………………………… 5-1
5.2 Quantitative Analysis …………………………… 5-2
5.3 Qualitative Analysis …………………………… 5-3
Comparative Analysis between TA Gazette and Morning News
6.1 Quantitative Analysis …………………………… 6-1
6.2 Qualitative Analysis …………………………… 6-6
Conclusion …………………………… 7-1
Appendix …………………………… 8-2

Hope that this article on drafting a table of contents will help you format a proper contents table the next time you need to draft one for your purposes.

by Tulika Nair.

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