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Of Mice and Men: Outlining

Outlining Basics

What is an outline?

An outline is a way of organizing your notes and research to incorporate into a research paper or presentation. Outline only your body paragraphs.

Two Types of Outlines

  • Topic Outline - Using short words and phrases to describe each section
  • Sentence Outline - Using complete sentences to detail information for each section.

What are the required parts an outline?

  • Thesis
  • Title
  • Correct Format (see below)

      I. Roman Numerals for Main Headings
         A. Capital Letters for sub-heads
         B. Capital Letters for sub-heads
              1. Numbers for further divisions
              2. Numbers for further divisions

  • Each section must have at least two parts!

Sample Outline Migrant Workers

Creating an Outline