In this chapter, we dealt with many kinds of lists. Specifically, we learned about:
Generating and customizing the table of contents and lists of figures and tables
Producing an index pointing to relevant information for keywords and phrases
Creating bibliographies, both manually and using a bibliography database
These lists are intended to guide the reader to the information he's/she's looking for; they aren't just for listing and summarizing. That's why the headings of the list of figures and the list of tables usually don't appear in the TOC, as they commonly directly follow the TOC. Sometimes there's even the strange requirement to list the table of contents within itself. If you are not sure with a design or a requirement, have a look at a good book in your special field, to see how exemplary tables of contents, lists, and indexes might look.
In the next chapter, we shall look at scientific writing in depth.