Table of Contents

What to include:

  • the abstract
  • the lay summary
  • the preface
  • the table of contents
  • all other preliminary pages
  • the main divisions and subdivisions of the thesis
  • end notes
  • the bibliography
  • the appendices

Tables, figures, illustrations and appendices must be listed by number and title, and must include a page number.

The accuracy of the table of contents will be checked at final submission.

Formatting requirements:

  • single page-wide column
  • page numbers right-aligned
  • leader lines (dots) connecting the entries with their page numbers
  • page number for each entry
  • entries in the order given on this web site
  • do not put "page" in front of the page number
  • subheadings indented more than main headings, third-level headings indented more than subheadings, etc.

Sample table of contents

Help with formatting:

The Koerner Library Research Commons, located on floor 2 of Koerner Library, provides a Microsoft Word thesis template and guides plus technical support via appointment.