General Tips On How To Format A Master's Thesis Table Of Contents
Writing a master’s thesis is a task required by every doctoral student during their on campus. There are many styles one can use for accomplishing this task and most, if not all, of of these styles can easily be found online for your reference. Unless specified by your professor, feel free to use any of the popular ones.
When formatting your table of contents, different styles have slight variations but the general idea is the same, clarity, accuracy and ease of use. The following points will outline some general tips on how to format a Master’s thesis table of contents:
- Begin the page with “table of Contents”
- Separate each major section of your paper into distinct parts
- Use subheadings for each section
- Number each page using topics numbers for each chapter
- Double space each section
Most formats request that the title be done in italics using a slightly bigger font size. It should be placed at the top of the page and centered followed by a double space before any other text. This page must also be numbered at the top right side of the page, directly against the right margin.
Your paper is sure to contain different sections, each with their own sub sections. Each of these areas must be named separately each major part with its own title page. A double spacing with the headings for each section should be included in your table of content so that each section will be clearly identifiable from others,
Sub headings must be include for each subsection contained within the major sections. These are to be written in italics and smaller sections involved in each part can begin with a slight indentation from the left margin. On pages, all sub headings must be centered, in the contents, they begin at the indentation from the left margin.
The table of contents page must be numbered, presumably page 1, and each page after it must be numbered following that order. The table of contents page must also be included followed by each section, subsection, chapter titles and page numbers.
Double spacing is very important on this page, it makes it quite easy to read and this must always be done. A clear font must be used, with a clearly distinguishable italics format that will be used for titles and sub headings, as well as to emphasize where necessary.