Readers use the list of figures to locate visual information. The list of figures identifies the titles and locations of visuals (figures, drawings, photos, maps) in administrative or research documents. Articles in periodicals do not use lists of figures. Figures concentrate information in unusual ways and show critical details, configurations, and evidence. Readers often review them independently of other sections of a report. If figures do not accompany your report or article, look for ways to include them.
Figure titles are capitalized, and figures are numbered consecutively in arabic numbers through the report. In a larger document, the figure number may be in two parts, the first part referring to the section number--for example, "Figure 3-5" for the fifth figure in Chapter 3.
Be sure the figure captions are descriptive. Rather than "Experimental Setup," say "Experimental Setup of the Model High Pressure Injection Pump."
List of FiguresFigure 1. A Standard Nichrome Wire Cutter 3 Figure 2. Melting Temperature of Thermoplastics Compared with that of Nichrome 5 Figure 3. Clamp Geometries for Wire Cutters 6 Figure 4. Wire Cutter Testing Apparatus 8 Figure 5. Fatigue Life versus Clamp Deflection (T = 6000C) 10
--J. M. Dent, "Strain Cycling of Hot Nichrome Wire"