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1 Producing an Amazing Research Outline Step by step instructions for success

2 Set up your Outline in MLA format  Note that you should have a header (your name, my name, period, date [day month year])  You also need a title (“outline” is okay)  Notice that it is SINGLE SPACED but still at 1 inch margins

3 Thesis First: Always!  First, type the word “Thesis” and a colon “:”  Then, type your thesis. Remember your thesis should have parallel structure & should only be 1-2 sentences!

4 Start with Roman Numeral One [ I ]  Roman numeral [ I ] is your first subtopic (reason).  Write a complete sentence including a transition

5 Then, letter “A”  Letter a is a SUBTOPIC of your SUBTOPIC (A reason for your reason)  Should also have a transition & should be a complete sentence.

6 ALL ROMAN NUMERALS AND CAPITAL LETTERS SHOULD BE YOUR OWN WORDS!

7 Then, the number ‘1’  Numbers come from your NOTES  You need EVIDENCE to back up ALL your REASONS!  How many pieces per reason minimum?

8 Then, the number ‘1’  All numbers should have a parenthetical citation!  Do summaries and paraphrases have citations?  What is a direct quote?  What do all direct quotes need?

9 ALL NUMBERS COME FROM YOUR NOTES AND HAVE A PARENTHETICAL CITATION!

10 Parenthetical Citations  Are derived from the Works Cited.  You take whatever is out in front the author’s last name (McMillen Shortened version of the title (“Year-Round”  add the paragraph or page number a page number= # (“Year Round” 6) a paragraph number = par. # (McMillen par. 6)

11 A Second letter “A”  After you finish with the evidence, you need a conclusion sentence for the subtopic, so you need a second letter A

12 Rinse and Repeat…well, just repeat.

13 Now you try with the sample… List one way thesis statements give papers stability: 1. List what you would put here: 2. List what you would put here: A. What is the second A for? B. List a second way a thesis statement gives papers stability: 1. List what you would put here: 2. List what you would put here: B. What is the second B for? II. What is the second II for?

14 Now it’s time to start your own Best of luck! You should have most of the back of the handout completed today! Outline: Due by FRIDAY (we will be in the library). PRINTED AND IN YOUR HANDS.


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