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How To Do Outline of a Paper

By M. J. Brestle Modified by Professor Haydee Cruz Rivera ENG 153

Purpose The purpose of the outline is to plan the construction and organization of the paper.

Students should decide where in the paper they will use the citations (info. from sources).

How to do Outline Use basic outlining techniques ~ organize using any combination on the following format:

I. Introduction
There are many ways to introduce your topic including but not limited to: telling a story, giving an example, definition or as most will do, a general overview.

Be sure the last sentence of your introduction is a Thesis Statement , which organizes and gives an overview of your paper.

II. First topic A. Introduce in your words ~ citation 1 Explain in your words

B. Introduce in your words~ citation 2 Explain in your words

III. Second topic A. Introduce in your words~ citation 3 Explain in your words

B. Introduce in your words ~ citation 4 Explain in your words

IV. Discuss third topic Introduce in your words ~citation 5 Explain in your words V. Conclusion in your words

Format
II. First topic A. Introduce in your words ~ citation 1 Explain in your words B. Introduce in your words~ citation 2 Explain in your words III. Second topic A. Introduce in your words~ citation 3 Explain in your words B. Introduce in your words ~ citation 4 Explain in your words IV. Discuss third topic Introduce in your words ~citation 5 Explain in your words V. Conclusion in your words

Tips
Use proper indented margins with subordinate ideas ** Indicate location of the 5 specific sources in your outline**

Outline for Research Paper


I. Introduction of topic (Capital Punishment) General overview and definition _ Thesis Statement

II. Facts about Capital Punishment A. Facts about crime rate in the U.S. Dept. of Corrections ~ website

B. Statistics on reduction in crime rate in state of Texas~ website Crime rateccccc2003~ www.Texas.gov

III.

Opinions of People on Capital Punishment A. Opinion of Pete Smith of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Time Mag.
B. Opinion of Allen Iverso Book Crime and Punishment

IV.

My opinion on the issue Citation from the Bible

V. Conclusion

Outline- Sample
I. Introduction of topic (Capital Punishment) General overview and definition II. Facts about Capital Punishment A. Facts about crime rate in the U.S. Dept. of Corrections ~ website B. Statistics on reduction in crime rate in state of Texas~ website Crime rate2004~ www.Texas.gov Opinions of People on Capital Punishment A. Opinion of Pete Smith of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Time Mag. B. Opinion of Allen Iverso Book Crime and Punishment IV. My opinion on the issue Citation from the Bible V. Conclusion III.