Author: Laura Kniffin

This learning packet reviews:

The framework of an outline
The steps to developing an outline

A combination of slide shows and text to help you develop a better understanding of how to outline.

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What is an outline?

An outline is a formal system used to think about and organize your paper.

       - You use it to see whether your ideas connect to each other, what order of ideas works                  best, or if you have sufficient evidence to support each of your points.


There are two kinds of outlines:

Topic Outlines- An outline that consists of short phrases

          Useful when dealing with a number of different issues that could be arranged in several ways.

Sentence Outlines- An outline done in full sentences, allowing you to include details in the sentences instead of having to create an outline of many short phrases.

          Useful when dealing with a paper that focuses on complex details.

Example of an outline

Check out this website to see a great example of a complete outline!

Follow its structure as you create your own!