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Outlines

Outlines are the skeleton of the research paper.  An outline should be completed after you have found and read your sources but before you begin to write a first draft. An outline is an essential part of the research process and the more time you spend creating a good outline, the easier the writing will be.  An outline shows what your research will be about, your main points and evidence supporting your main points.

A sample format:

Working Title

Thesis Statement:

I.  Introduction

II. First Main point:

     a.  First citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

     b.  Second citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

     c.  Third citation

III. Second Main point:

     a.  First citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

     b.  Second citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

     c.  Third citation

IV. Third main point:

     a.  First citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

     b.  Second citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

     c.  Third citation

V.  Fourth main point:

     a.  First citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

     b.  Second citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

     c.  Third citation

VI.  Fifth main point (if needed)

     a.  First citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

     b.  Second citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

     c.  Third citation

 

Works Cited

 

 *Yes, you do need to include a works cited if you are being asked to turn in an outline and even, if you aren't, it's a good thing to do anyway.  Consider it a "working" works cited.