Making an outline

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Making an outline

  1. 1. University of the Sacred HeartCenter for Language Development Across the Disciplines CREATING YOUR OUTLINE
  2. 2. Reasons for Making an Outline Helps the writing process Identifies boundaries between topics Helps organize important ideas Helps present those ideas logically Makes comparisons and contrasts easier to understand
  3. 3. Explaining Outlines Outlines: o Topic outlines - used when discussing general topics o Sentence outlines - used when explaining complex details All outlines need a title, thesis statement, introduction, body, and conclusion.
  4. 4. Creating the Outline After selecting a main topic, divide categories and subcategories. Outlines use: o Roman numerals for major topic divisions (I) o capital letters (A) o Arabic numerals (1) o lower-case letters (a)
  5. 5. Outline Examples Topic Outline
  6. 6. Outline ExampleSentence Outline
  7. 7. The Marketing Plan Outline Provides direction for marketing activities. Details what you want accomplished with your marketing strategy. Helps you meet your objectives.
  8. 8. Remember Decide whether to use the Topic Outline or the Sentence Outline. Make sure your outline is clear and concise, and in a specific order (intro-body-conclusion). The outline should be divided with Roman numerals, capital letters, Arabic numerals, and lower-case letters.
  9. 9. Remember It should also include the title and the thesis statement of the work. This is the perfect time to write the first sentence of your essay (attention getter).
  10. 10. References Capital Community College. (n.d.). Guide to Writing Research Papers: MLA-Style. Retrieved on August 2010, from webster.commnet.edu/mla/outlines.shtml Tardif, E., Brizee A. (2010, 04, 17). Purdue OWL: Developing an Outline. Welcome to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL). Retrieved on August 2010, from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/544/. Writing Tutorial Services. Indiana University, Bloomington. (2004, 4, 2010). Using Outlines. Retrieved on November 2010, from http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/outlines.shtml. Lakewood Public Library. Lakewood, Ohio. (n.d.). Student Guide to Research Papers. Retrieved on August 2010, from www.lkwdpl.org/study/research/outline.htm. Baker University. Baldwin City, Kansas. Sentence Outline Template. Retrieved on December 2010, from www.bakeru.edu/faculty/aspencer/.../101_outline_plan2.doc Prepared by L. Ávila Revised by LAD professors in May 2012.

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