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MLA Outline

  • Purdue OWL

Why and How to Create a Useful Outline

How Do I Create An Outline?

  • Determine the purpose of your paper
  • Determine the audience you are writing for
  • Develop the thesis of your paper
  • **Then**
  • Brainstorm: List all the ideas you want to include in your paper
  • Organize: Group related ideas together
  • Order: Arrange material in subsections from general to specific or from abstract to concrete
  • Label: Create main and subheadings

Types of Outlines and Samples

  • Alphanumeric Outlines
  • This is the most common type of outline and usually instantly recognizable to most people. The formatting follows these characters, in this order:
  • Roman Numerals
  • Capitalized Letters
  • Arabic Numerals
  • Lowercase Letters

Types of Outlines and Samples

  • What is the assignment?
  • What is the purpose of this essay?
  • Who is the intended audience for this essay?
  • What is the essay's thesis statement?

Types of Outlines and Samples

  • Full Sentence Outlines
  • The full sentence outline format is essentially the same as the Alphanumeric outline. The main difference (as the title suggests) is that full sentences are required at each level of the outline. This outline is most often used when preparing a traditional essay.

Types of Outlines and Samples

  • Decimal Outlines
  • The decimal outline is similar in format to the alphanumeric outline. The added benefit is a system of decimal notation that clearly shows how every level of the outline relates to the larger whole.

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