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 a project by 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
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
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
*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
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.