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Example of How to write a Table of Contents

A table of contents is a useful directory for defining the locations of different sections of a document. There are several styles to write your table of contents. A table of contents can be simple listing on the subject headings and page numbers of each section. The table of contents can also be detailed, listing subject headings, and the different sub categoriess of each topic along with the page number.


Writing a Simple Table of Contents

A Simple Table of Contents will only show the Section/Chapter heading and the page number. For example:

Chapter 1 pg 1
Chapter 2 pg 45
Chapter 3 pg 68

This will continue for each chapter or section of a book of document.

Writing a Detailed Table of Contents

A detailed Table of Contents will feature the titles of each section as well as additional information such as the sub categories of each section. This format is often seen in longer school books of business documents. An example would be:


Chapter 1: Writing a Speech pg 5
    Different types of speeches pg 7
    Why write a speech? pg 9
    Speech writing techniques pg 11
    Presentation exercise pg 14
Chapter 2: Persuasive Speech writing pg 17
    What is a Persuasive Speech? pg 18
    Types of Persuasive Speeches pg 19
  vPresenting your Speech pg 21
Chapter 3 Informative Speeches pg 23
    What is an Informative Speech pg 24

A detailed Table of Contents can be even further broken down into parts or sections, grouping together larger chunks of similar topics.



Example of Detailed Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures & Tables  i
   
Chapter 1: A message from Management  1
   
    A letter from the CEO  1
    A letter from Department heads  2
    A message from Human Resources  3
   
Chapter 2: Quarterly Review and Figures  4
   
    Figures from Communications/IT 5
    Review  5
    Figures from Customer Relations Service/Support  6
    Review  6
   
Chapter 3: New Methods and Techniques  7
   
    New Methods  8
    New Techniques  9
   
Chapter 4: End Results 11
   
    Researched Results 12
    Projected Results 14
   
Chapter 5: Discussions & Conclusions 15
   
    Conclusions 16
   
Index 21
   
Appendix 23
   
Acknowledgements 24


Example of Detailed Part 2 Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures & Tables i
   
Acknowledgements ii
   
Part 1: Study of New Methods Introduced to the Company
   
Chapter 1: A message from Management 1
   
    A letter from the CEO 1
    A letter from Department heads 2
    A message from Human Resources 3
   
Chapter 2: Quarterly Review and Figures 4
   
    Figures from Communications/IT 5
    Review 5
    Figures from Customer Relations Service/Support 6
    Review 6
   
Chapter 3: New Methods and Techniques 7
   
    New Methods 8
    New Techniques 9
   
Part 2: Results and Conclusions
   
Chapter 4: End Results 11
   
    Researched Results 12
    Projected Results 14
   
Chapter 5: Discussions & Conclusions 15
   
    Conclusions 16
   
Index 21
   
Appendix 23