Contents Page For Research Paper

MLA Style Table of Contents

If the paper is long enough, an MLA style paper can have a table of contents. There is also no method for breaking up text in the MLA format, so this is left to your discretion and would depend on the content. Suggested sections include Acknowledgments, Foreword, Introduction, Body (Parts I, II, III), Summary or Conclusion, Afterward, Explanatory Notes, Appendices, Contact Organizations, Glossary, Endnotes (if not using Footnotes or Parenthetical citations), Bibliography, and Index.

A title page should also be included, but will not be numbered, unless it is on the same page as the main page of text. Remember also that an MLA style paper requires a list of illustrations and tables. This is similar to the table of contents, but you still need to include this page on your table of contents. A title page in MLA Style might look like this:

Contents

Introduction..............................................................2

Arts.........................................................................5

Government..............................................................8

Works Cited............................................................10

General instructions:

  1. Roman Numeral page number, centered, bottom of page.

  2. Margins:  Left margin 1.5 inch.  Top, Right, Bottom 1 inch.

  3. Font:  12 pt.  Double-spaced throughout.  Use same font style throughout document.

  4. Section Heading:  TABLE OF CONTENTS -- ALL CAPS, bold, centered on first line.  (Use CHPT_HD font style)

 

Inserting a Table of Contents:

  1. Click on REFERENCE tab.

  2. Click on Table of Contents.

  3. Click on Custom Table of Contents.

  4. Make sure that Show levels is set to 3.

  5. Click on Options

    • Type a number 1 next to CHPT_title.

    • Remove the numbers next to Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3.

    • Scroll down until you see Heading2 and Heading3.These are the headings that you previously created when setting up your document.

      • Type a number 2 next to Heading2.

      • Type a number 3 next to Heading3.

 

Populating the Table of Contents:

The TOC can be automatically generated if you use the pre-formatted font styles created in Setting Up Your Document.  As you type your document, remember to use each of those font styles as appropriately required.  After adding content:

  1. Click on the Reference tab.

  2. Click on Update Table.

  3. Choose either to:

    • Update page numbers only.

      • Updates just the page numbers of the existing TOC contents.

    • Update entire table

      • Updates all headings and page numbers in the TOC, adding new content as needed.

 

When finished, click on the Insert tab, and click on Page Break to start a new section.

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