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Table of contents a table of contents usually headed

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Table of Contents – A table of contents, usually headed simply "Contents," is a list of the parts of a book or document organized in the order in which the parts appear. The contents usually includes the titles or descriptions of the first-level headers, such as chapter titles in longer works, and often includes second-level or section titles (A-heads) within the chapters as well, and occasionally even third-level titles (subsections or B-heads ). The depth of detail in tables of contents depends on the length of the work, with longer works having less. Formal reports ( ten or more pages and being too long to put into a memo or letter) also have tables of contents. Documents of fewer than ten pages do not require tables of contents, but often have a short list of contents at the beginning. The table of contents usually appears after the title page, copyright notices, and, in technical journals, the abstract; and before any lists of tables or figures, the foreword, and the preface. Glossary – A glossary is an alphabetical list of terms in a particular domain of knowledge with the definitions for those terms. Traditionally, a glossary appears at the end of a book and includes terms within that book which are either newly introduced or at least uncommon. Glossaries begin on a new page, and appear after the appendix(es) and bibliography. Index – An index is an alphabetical list of all the major topics and sometimes subtopics in a written work. It cites the pages where each topic can be found and allows readers to find information on particular topics quickly and easily. Indexes always come at the very end of the work. An index lists the topics discussed in a document with their corresponding page numbers. For example, the index of a document on Java will list topics such as Packages, Classes, J2EE and other such items. The index helps the reader jump backwards and forwards through the document, retrieving the topic that interests them. As you have probably noticed, we have used the word topic when referring to indexes. In general, topics get indexed in a document, although you can also index other entries. Most indexes will include the following entries: Terms e.g. J2EE Phrases Symbols Subjects that spans a range of pages
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Appendix – Located at the end of a formal report, proposal, or other long document, and supplements or clarifies the information in the body of a document. A document may have more than one appendix. Appendix may refer to: In documents: Addendum, any addition to a document, such as a book or legal contract Bibliography, a systematic list of books and other works Index (publishing), a list of words or phrases with pointers to where related material can be found in a document Signatures – A signature (from Latin signare , "to sign") is a handwritten (and sometimes stylized) depiction of someone's name, nickname or even a simple "X" that a person writes on documents as a proof of identity and intent. The writer of a signature is a signatory . Similar to a handwritten signature, a
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