The easiest way to write an outline is to gather all of your supporting materials, like quotes, statistics, or ideas, before getting started. Make sure you write down the page number you got these ideas from. Then, organize your ideas into subtopics, and use your supporting materials to provide at least two points per subtopic. Keep your outline concise and clear, since you’ll have to refer to it later! For more help on how to plan and organize your outline, read on...
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Writing an outline for a research paper can seem like a time consuming task, and you may not understand the value of it if you have never written one before. Outlines can help you structure your research and your final paper in much more efficient ways, though, so it is a good idea that you learn how to write one. Here are a few things to keep in mind when doing so.
An outline might be just for your own use, or your teacher may require that you hand it in while you are working on your project, so they can get an idea of where you are headed. It gives them a chance to help you head towards a good final destination.
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