Just as there are different types of essays, there are different outline structures appropriate to different fields and different types of essay assignments.
You’ll want to consult with your instructor about any specific organizational requirements, but the following pages will provide you with some basic examples of outline structures for research papers in several different fields.
In many of your courses, you’ll be asked to write a traditional, thesis-based research essay.
In this structure, you provide a thesis, usually at the end of your introduction, body paragraphs that support your thesis with research, and a conclusion to emphasize the key points of your research paper.
The conclusion allows you to have the final say on the issues you have raised in your paper, to summarize your thoughts, to demonstrate the importance of your ideas, and to propel your reader to a new view of the subject.
It is also your opportunity to make a good final impression and to end on a positive note.
The careful listing of subtopics under main topic headings focuses the writer’s attention and identifies any areas which need more development.
There are two types of outlines – topic and sentence.
Four Main Components for Effective Outlines by the OWL at Purdue: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/544/ releasers of hazardous greenhouse gases.
Full sentence outlines are often accompanied with an APA reference list on a separate page.