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Impact through your table of contents

It is easy to overlook the impression you might be creating through your table of contents. After all, it has been created as a by-product of all of the other work you have been doing: there is no reason why you would especially have noticed it. However, at this stage you have an ideal opportunity to look at it with a critical eye to see how your reader might view it.

The table of contents is one of the first pages readers will see. It will set the tone for the work and be instrumental in setting up a trusting relationship between the readers and the writer. If the table of contents suggests to readers that you have ...

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