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How to Create an Outline

You have tons of notes, you think you have a sense of where your project is going, but how are you going to organize all that material and present it in the most effective way possible?  You have to think this through before you start writing.  An excellent process for accomplishing this is making an outline. Below is a template for an outline.  Not all papers will have exactly this many points; this is a sample.  

I.  Introduction containing thesis statement for your paper:

 II. Body of the paper

 A.  Main Supporting Point 1

             1. First point of proof

                        a.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                        b.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                        c.  more supporting evidence/example if you have it (notes go here)

                        d.  clinching/transitional sentence

2.  Second point of proof

                        a.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                        b.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                        c.  more supporting evidence/example if you have it (notes go here)

                        d. clinching/transitional sentence

3.  Third point of proof (if available - some papers are more detailed than others)

                        a.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                        b.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                        c.  more supporting evidence/example if you have it (notes go here)

                        d.  clinching/transitional sentence

 B.  Main Supporting Point 2

             1.  First point of proof

                        a.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                        b.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                        c.  more supporting evidence/example if you have it (notes go here)

                        d.  clinching/transitional sentence

            2.  Second point of proof

                        a.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                        b.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                        c.  more supporting evidence/example if you have it (notes go here)

                        d.  clinching/transitional sentence

            3.  Third point of proof (if available)

                        a.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                        b.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                        c.  more supporting evidence/example if you have it (notes go here)

                        d.  clinching/transitional sentence

 C.  Main Supporting Point 3

              1.  First point of proof

                         a.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                         b.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                         c.  more supporting evidence/example if you have it (notes go here)

                         d.  clinching/transitional sentence

                  2.  Second point of proof

                          a.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                          b.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                          c.  more supporting evidence/example if you have it (notes go here)

                          d.  clinching/transitional sentence

                  3.  Third point of proof (if available)

                           a.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                           b.  supporting evidence/example (notes go here)

                           c.  more supporting evidence/example if you have it (notes go here)

                           d.  clinching/transitional sentence

 III.  Conclusion in which writer reflects on thesis statement and points made and wraps up.

 

 
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