First-level subheadings can be headline style (the first letter of all major words capitalized) or sentence style (the first letter of the first word capitalized).Subheadings are neither underlined nor italicized in the table of contents.The table of contents reflects the relationship of the chapters and subheadings.
Many students try to create a table of contents manually, without using the built-in process.
Students will quickly give up on creating a manual table of contents out of frustration because the spacing never comes out quite right, and the table is potentially incorrect as soon as you make any edits to your documents.
The word CONTENTS (or TABLE OF CONTENTS) is placed 2 inches from the top of the page in all capital letters.
Following a heading space, the table of contents begins.
Either headline style (the first letter of major words capitalized) or sentence style (the first letter of the first word capitalized) can be used; however, capitalization styles may not be mixed.
In the case of long titles or captions, care should be taken to make the first sentence convey the essential description of the item.
The list of figures and list of tables, if used, are included (see the Table of Contents in this handbook for a sample using numbered chapters; see Figures 2.6, 2.7, and 2.8 for additional options).
All chapters or titled sections and all first-level subheadings of the manuscript are listed in the table of contents.
It can be as simple as one word, such as "Introduction." This is the phrase that will appear in your table of contents.
Remember, you don't have to format the paper as you write it. If you need to add headings and generate a table of contents after your paper is already written, you simply place your cursor in the desired spot and place your heading.