Writing an Outline

Writing an outline can be a very useful step between the research process and the actual writing of your paper. An outline will help you develop a better overall view of your research topic and will make it much easier to understand how the parts (subtopics) of your paper relate to each other and fit together.

A working outline is especially helpful because it helps you keep track of:

  • Different aspects or subtopics of your subject, 
  • The sources you use, and 
  • Your own changing views as your knowledge and understanding of your subject develops. 1 


Helpful Links for Developing an Outline Well  

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