The good news about your research outline is that it is not going to be as detailed as the outline you made for you Literary Analysis paper. This outline is an abbreviated picture of the parts of your paper and the order in which they will come. You can think of it as a "road map" of your journey toward making a final product.

It helps you to...
  • Stay on course and not get off-track when you put your final product together.
  • See if you have enough (or too much) material to support your Thesis Statement.
  • Figure out the order in which your subtopics will appear in your final product.

How to do it:
· Figure out the most logical flow of information, the best order for the information to be in, using the subtopics you created earlier. You can put your note cards in this order now. There is always more than one way to do this, so figure out what you like best.

· Put your subtopics with the key points that support them, in words or short phrases, into a list or diagram that shows how they will flow from beginning to end.

· Remember, outline form always needs at least two of every bullet. If you have an A, you need a B; if you have a 1, you need a 2; if you have an a, you need a b….

  • Follow the MLA format (See Sample Outline and Outline Format)