A table of content in project writing basically is the mirror of the project. A table of content can be defined as the detailed overview of aby which a writer outline the different headings, subheadings of discussion on a project work and where or pages each of this information can be gotten. So for easy navigation of pages on a project work, it is advisable for research writers to equip its readers with a table of content.
A table of content is like a map for the readers and as such it should be useful, error free and straight to the points. If you just setting out as a novice in writing your final year project as an undergraduate and you are worrying about, how to develop a good table of content for your project. Well, worry no more because I am x-raying how one can develop a table of content for a research work.
Writing out the research work first:
To get an error free table of content, it is expedient that you write out the research work first, so as to be sure of the final headings for each research write up and also the correct numbering. So one have to finish the research work before writing the table of content.
Put finishing touches to the write-up:
Put the necessary editing work to the write up like proper numbering the pages and having appropriate headings and correcting all necessary errors, so that if you are manually composing the table of content, you wouldn’t omit or include what was already deleted or omitted
Sketch how the table of content will look like:
It is necessary to have a preview of your table of content before including it on your main project work, so go ahead and have a sketch of your table of contents and make all the necessary corrections and input before transferring or using it for the research work.
Inputting the table of content on a research work:
A table of content should take a different page on a project work. One could as well capitalize the words and underline them for neatness.
Editing the table of content:
A good table of content needs proper editing. So it is pertinent that following guidelines are adapted *Create two columns on the page to indicate the headings on one side and the figures of pages where the headings are located on the other side. *The title of the headings should be on the left while the number of the pages where the headings are located on the right *Write subheadings beneath the headlining of each outlined heading. *Use single line spacing when typing and the font size should be ‘12’
Check for completeness:
The table of content when done should be reassess to be sure that all that should complete it is in place. Check to see the spellings of each heading, subheading and that each heading or subheading corresponds with corresponding page or section numbers in the right column.
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