Archived Material (Dissertations)

This book takes you through all the elements needed for a successful dissertation proposal and dissertation. The book explains the sections required for both proposal and dissertation, and offers helpful downloadable templates to assist with the presentation.

Step 2: What sections go into a dissertation?

List of figures or illustrations


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You will need to include a List of figures, a List of illustrations or even both if your dissertation has the following items:

  • tables or charts
  • diagrams 
  • photographs, pictures or illustrations

This page should:

  • list the name of each figure or illustration, included in the body of your dissertation or thesis. It should give the number of the page that it appears on.
  • give a descriptive title (not 'Figure 1', 'Table 1' etc.).

Tables and figures list

Figure 6: Example of a list of tables/figures page

Remember:

You do not need to give reference details here.

Include these in a citation next to the figure itself and in your Reference List or Bibliography.

Figures, tables, illustrations... what's the difference?

If you are doing a design or fine arts subject, it is likely that you will include photographs, drawings, paintings or illustrations in your dissertations. These would normally be included in your List of illustrations.

In other subjects, it is common to include all tables, charts, graphs, photographs, drawings, etc. together in a List of figures.

However, if you have a great deal of information presented in tables, it may be best to have a both a List of tables and a List of figures (everything that's not a table). When labelling, number these separately (Table 1, Table 2, Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.).

Remember: 

The List of illustrations is positioned after the Contents page (on a separate page) and before the Introduction.

Check what is the normal practice in your discipline.