Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Oultines provide a means of organizing your information in an hierarchical or logical order.
For research papers, a formal outline can help you keep track of large amounts of information.
How to Create an Outline
To create an outline:
- Place your thesis statemtent at the beginning.
- List the major points that support your thesis. Lable them in Roman Numerals (I, II, III, etc.)
- List supporting ideas or arguements for each major point. Label them in capital leters (A, B, C, etc.)
- If applicable, continue to sub-divide each supporting idea until your outline is fully developed. Label them 1, 2, 3, etc adn then a, b, c, etc.
Videos - How to Structure an Outline