Answered By: Brandon Holst
Last Updated: Apr 27, 2016     Views: 13003

You're most likely finding conflicting information online because there is no answer to this question. Technically there are no APA formating guidelines for a table of contents, so people are exercising their best judgement. The reason that there is no guideline is that the APA Publication Manual is meant to be a guide for papers that are being submitted to journals for publication, and not for academic papers.

Yet, APA is widely used in academia, and Globe Education Network requires all papers to be in proper APA format.

Only include the table of contents when an instructor has made it a required part of your paper. If that is the case I suggest just asking him or her since there is no clear rule and you don't want to lose points on your APA formatting. 

In the event that your instructor doubts you, please refer them to the APA Style Blog post below.

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