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How to Write Research Paper Outline

07 Aug 2017Writing tips

The outline is the primary step in creating the structure of what will be said in the paper as well as how will you tell that. The research paper outline should be written correctly. Why is this important? The main goal is to help the reader find the most relevant for reader’s demands part. Besides, the frame written in a right way will show your knowledge of common rules. For example, in headings, you should use Roman numerals and capitalized letters, and in sub-headings, there are Arab numerals, and the only first letter is capitalized. All of these rules are described in APA guideline, but you can read a brief version:

  • Division This will make your ground plan logical and understandable. The information should be subdivided into small parts in such a way that every title should have two sub-headlines or more.
  • Coordination Each of them should have the same importance. All of the captions should be equal. That rule is used for sub-headings too.
  • SubordinationThe information in the heading should be broader, and the sub-heading information should be more specific. This rule is about the correlation between headings and sub-headlines.
  • Parallelism If you start a headline with a noun and other headlines and sub-headings should be started with a noun. Parallelism is a special correlation between headings and sub-headlines.

  The format could be changed by your professor by adding or switching-out of some parts. So, if you find any templates, you should be attentive. You should not forget that a well-written layout is a great way to present a wonderful research paper. The research paper outline should include the main parts of any research paper. They are the introduction of the thesis statement, material and methods section, the body, the results and discussion part, conclusion and list of references. This is quite a logical sequence.

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