Using An Appendix

(Appendix = singular, appendices = plural)

Appendices are often put into use when the integration of material into the main body of the work would make it appear badly structured or far too long and containing far too much detail

The appendix may be consulted for useful, supporting or necessary information that would otherwise clog up, break up or be off-putting to the text.

Other individual’s work will be referred to, but not quoted, in the appendix.

Appendices may include some of the following:

  • supporting details
  • fundamental facts
  • specialised facts
  • technical figures, tables or descriptions
  • full description of research instruments
  • maps
  • questionnaires

The body of the essay must be complete without reference to appendices, and it must contain all necessary information including tables, diagrams and results that are essential to answering the question or support the thesis.

Appendices are not usually included in the word count.

Appendices must be referenced to in the main body of the text, for example,. ‘details of the survey  are provided  in Appendix A

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How to structure an appendix

The title should be APPENDIX or Appendix, followed by a letter or number: e.g. APPENDIX A

Every appendix must start on a new page.

Appendices must be written down in the table of contents.

The page number(s) of the appendix/ appendices will continue on from the main body of the text.

Appendices may go before or follow the alphabetical list of references.