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List of access features of information texts

Access feature

How the feature provides access to information


Identifies the topic and draws the reader in

Table of contents

An ordered list of names and sections with page numbers where relevant (or chapters/sections/scenes in a movie)

Introduction (preface or prologue)

An overview of the topic

Headings and sub-headings

Bolded subtitles, either by word or phrase or question, for particular sections in the guide

Side bars

Boxed text that may summarise information or a key point

Bulleted information

Listing terms or information


Lists of definitions

Bibliography or sources for further reading

Recommended sources for information

Appendices, afterwords (epilogues)

Additional ‘referred to’ materials at the end of the guide