Organizing Your Dissertation / Thesis
Table of Contents
The Table of Contents shows the reader the organization of the document as well as displays the correct page numbers. The bulleted items explain various heading styles for you to follow. They also demonstrate various preliminary pages' formats
- TABLE OF CONTENTS, all caps and centered like Level 1 headings.
- Do not list 'TABLE OF CONTENTS' in the Table of Contents.
- DEDICATION, if used, precedes the table of contents. Its page number is 'ii'.
- The order for the preliminary pages that follow the table of contents are LIST OF TABLES, LIST OF FIGURES, NOMENCLATURE (optional), ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, ABSTRACT.
- Preliminary page number are lower case Roman numerals in the same font as the document's text, top center.
- No text in the page number column. Wrap the text.
- Single-space chapter headings and subheadings. Double-space before a new chapter.
- Chapter titles are uppercase letters, same size and font.
- Chapter 1 begins with numeral '1' in the same font as the text.
- Indent first and second level headings below the major headings. No underlining, boldface, or italics.
- Ensure page numbers in the Table of Content agree with the text.
- All headings must match the corresponding headings in text.
- No single line of text at the top or bottom of page.
- Force a page break to ensure at least two lines of the same heading level are together at the top or bottom of the page.