ABOUT THIS GUIDE
Our guide has been put together to assist you in creating a Table of Contents (TOC) and a Table of Authorities (TOA) for an Appellate Brief using Microsoft Word 2010 with a PC or Microsoft Word 2011 with a MAC.
Please Note: Specific formatting selections, such as font type and size, underlining etc. that are mentioned throughout are for demonstration purposes. Select formatting per your professor's instructions.
SPECIAL NOTE ON USING PCs & MACs
There are different versions of Microsoft Word: 2003, 2007, and 2010 for PCs and 2004, 2008, and 2011 for MACs. The basic process, however, is the same for all. What may vary is the interface. For instance, Word 2010 for PCs and Word 2011 for MACs now have a re-designed ribbon interface.
Note: Microsoft recently introduced Word 2013 for PCs. The changes are fairly minimal. If you have Word 2013, see the "Help & More" tab for a brief recap of changes you may encounter.
See Help & More for additional resources for all versions.
OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS
There are 3 basics things that you will do when creating a TOC and TOA:
- Prepare your document
- Create your Table of Contents (TOC)
- Create your Table of Authorities (TOA)
- It will be easier to create your TOC & TOA if you do NOT do any formatting prior to beginning this process.
- Use the ¶ format markup during the process; it will help you to see the spacing and formatting markup in your document.
- Save a clean copy of your brief (just in case).