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APA Research Paper Outline: Examples and Template

27 Jul 2017Research Paper Writing Guides

The importance of the outline in a research paper is obvious. There are many rules that help you build your writing plan. Let`s see how the APA formatting style defines how the plan looks.

There are three commonly used APA examples for an outline. They are all based upon setting sections in a numerical sequence. To comprehend it most effectively, one needs to reference the templates of each.

The basic APA outline format

Directing a play for scholars

  1. Choose a play
    • Ask other qualified people
    • Recollect your own experience
      1. recall your school literature course
      2. refer to your non-scholastic knowledge
        • what did your parents advise you
        • your own literature preferences
  2. Begin preparation
    • Choose actors
      1. Invite those you are familiar with
        • a. choose those you have had experience working with
          1. call those who were spectacular
          2. give another chance for lesser candidates
      2. Invite those you are not familiar with
        • ask another play director 
        • ask a familiar actor for a recommendation
    • Start rehearsal
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Full Sentence Outline Format

This format is almost similar to the previous. The distinction is that this way of composing of the plan requires using complete sentences for each subheading. Numeric approaches are the same.

I. Directing scholastic plays is a very important educational moment.

A. Taking part in staging, scholars are developed in a versatile way with a focus on creativity.

1. While getting prepared for the play they are involved in oeuvre and communion.

This format implies using APA citation rules if needed. Other writing plan templates are deprived of the possibility of stealing or unintentional using of other author`s thoughts.

Decimal Outline Format

  1. Choose the play
    1. Ask other qualified people
    2. Recollect your own experience
      1. Recall the school literature course
      2. Refer to your non-scholastic knowledge


The examples of the outline given above are long established ways of composing a plan but still comply to the APA writing standard. All the peculiarities and demands are represented.

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