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How to Write an Outline for a Research Paper


What are the main components of an outline?

  • The Introduction: includes the thesis statement and a sentence detailing the main topic of the research paper.
  • The Body: includes three different sections, each main point will have its own section, and will provide one sentence to give information on each main point.
  • The Conclusion: includes one sentence detailing what was discussed in the research paper.

How should the outline of a research paper be formatted?

  • The Outline should include the title of the research paper.
  • The Outline should include the thesis statement for the paper.
  • The main points or main arguments should be sectioned off by Roman numerals.
  • The supportive points of the main arguments should be sectioned off by capitalized Arabic letters.
  • The first numeral should be the Introduction.
  • The last numeral should be the Conclusion.

Why should a student complete an outline before writing the research paper?

  • Outline helps the student to summarize the main topic.
  • The outline helps the student to determine if the topic is worth writing about.
  • The outline is like a guideline for the student when preparing to write their research paper.
  • The outline will let the student determine if they should do more research on the topic or not.
  • The outline will give the student needed information to write an “A” research paper.

What makes a good outline for a student’s research paper?

  • The Introduction should detail the main reasoning and main topic of the research paper.
  • The Body should detail the main arguments for the selected topic.
  • The main arguments of the topic should include at least three supporting points for each argument.
  • The Body should start with the strongest argument to the weakest argument for the student’s position on the main topic.
  • The Conclusion should give a summary of the main topic, main arguments, and supporting points.

What makes a good outline?

  • Good outline will ensure that the student has all the necessary information and materials to complete their research paper.
  • A good outline will let the student determine if the topic will be worth writing about.
  • A good outline will give the student the guideline needed to complete their research paper.
  • A good outline will ensure that the student has the needed tools and resources needed to complete the research paper.
  • A good outline is the first step to writing an “A” research paper.