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Thesis / Dissertation Formatting Manual (2024)

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Table of Contents

The Table of Contents should follow these guidelines:

  • ​All sections of the manuscript are listed in the Table of Contents except the Title Page, the Copyright Page, the Dedication Page, and the Table of Contents.
  • The sections to be included in the Table of Contents are: Lists of Symbols, Figures, Tables, and Illustrations; Acknowledgements Page; Vita; Abstract; Introduction/Prologue/etc,; each chapter, Bibliography/References, and each Appendix.
    • You may list subsections within chapters
  • Creative works are not exempt from the requirement to include a Table of Contents

Table of Contents Example

Here is an example of a Table of Contents page from the Template. Please note that your table of contents may be longer than one page.

Screenshot of Table of Contents page from Dissertation template