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February 27, 2008 9:05 AM   Subscribe

How can I create a table of contents for a professional portfolio that contains a collection of material gathered from various sources?

I have to submit a professional portfolio for my education certification. It will contain newly created annotations and artifacts/examples of my work. Some of the documents were written years ago, and some of the artifacts are examples of handouts and student work. I will be creating tabbed sections, but the table of contents is a required item. I'm not completely satisfied because of the various fonts used throughout the collection of work, but I don't have complete control over that.
I had thought of scanning in the entire collection (all on 8 1/2x11) and somehow numbering and reprinting everything. I have also considered using stickers or something similar that may be made for this purpose (although I don't know what that would be, if they exist). I am afraid it would look tacky.
Is there an accepted method for accomplishing this?
Thanks all!
posted by mcarthey to Writing & Language (1 answer total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I'm not very knowledgeable on this topic, but I hate to see an orphaned AskMe.

It depends on the documents you're using, but one option would be to place each item/page into a protective sleeve, and then put a numbered sticker on that sleeve. There are a couple advantages to this. The first is you don't have to worry about messing up the papers themselves. Also, I think this will look a bit neater. Then, you can get clear labels, the kind you can print on, and print the page numbers on these and cut them out (most label packs will be too large...you can probably fit 3-4 page numbers on each label, at least) and put them on either the top right or bottom right of the sleeve. The best way is to put the numbers in order like this:

[ 1 2 3 4 5 ] [ 6 7 8 9 10 ]

(The brackets represent the borders of the stickers.) Then just make vertical cuts between the numbers, and then line the numbers up so that the bottom of the sticker is parallel to the bottom of the sleeve. This will help make it look a bit neater and more professional.

The table of contents should, ideally, use a neutral font that is not present in the work itself, so that it is "different" than the content font rather than making it look like you just switched back and forth between some standard font and another. So if all of your sheets use Arial and Times New Roman, for example, use Palatino for the table of contents.

I'm not sure whether this is an "accepted" method, but I think it will look professional.

Best of luck.
posted by Deathalicious at 10:36 PM on March 5, 2008


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