HI, for (APA) research paper should I write table of content?I'm writing research papers (APA). I finished it (10 pages). Is it necessary to write a table of content and conclusion? For example in...

HI, for (APA) research paper should I write table of content?

I'm writing research papers (APA). I finished it (10 pages). Is it necessary to write a table of content and conclusion?

For example in my second page I compare Hamlet and Antigone and wrote hamlet is weak but Antigone is strong. Should I write a title for this page and number it in the table of content? Please help me.

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My suggestion is that unless your teacher specified that you must have a table of contents, then NO.

10 pages is not that long - first of all.  Your introduction should be more than enough to introduce the subtopics of your paper.  For additional organization, it is completely appropriate to have sectional titles throughout the paper which should NOT be centered NOR be bolded or italicized.  They would look something like this:

...end of paragraph end of paragraph end of paragraph end of paragraph.

Sectional Title for Next Section

New paragraph starts here with an indent. New paragraph new paragraph new paragraph...

Realize that the formatting in this small box is also wrong... just go ahead and keep the entire thing double spaced and do not put extra lines between the section title and the next paragraph.  In fact, the entire thing should only stick out because it is short and title-like, the words are capitalized, and there is no end punctuation.

As for the conclusion... YES.  You need to put a conclusion on this paper.  In the conclusion you should restate your thesis (not word for word, but a generalization would be fine) and briefly touch on each subtopic you covered in the paper.  Finalize with a few sentences that seal the deal - these are like your final thoughts on the ENTIRE subject of the paper... leave your audience with something to think about.

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