Outline

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. It will also briefly explain the evidence supports the main point.

**A main point does not equal one paragraph - that would suggest that this is a five paragraph essay and this certainly isn't. A main point may take several paragraphs to fully explain. This outline simply creates a "road map" for your extended essay.

A sample format:

Working Title

I. Introduction: thesis Statement

II. First Main point:

     A. First citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

     B. Second citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

           1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

     C. Third citation

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

III. Second Main point:

     A. First citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

     B. Second citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

     C. Third citation

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

IV. Third main point:

     A. First citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

     B. Second citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

     C. Third citation

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

V. Fourth main point:

     A. First citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

     B. Second citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

     C. Third citation

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

VI. Fifth main point (if needed)

     A. First citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

     B. Second citation that supports main point with parenthetical reference

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

     C. Third citation

          1. Explanation of how citation illustrates the main point

 

Works Cited

*Yes, you do need to include a works cited if you are being asked to turn in an outline. Consider it a "working" works cited.
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