CRLS Research Guide
Making An OutlineTip Sheet 14
Ask these questions:
What is it?
An outline is an abbreviated picture of the parts of your paper or project and the
order in which they will come. You can think of it as a "road map" of your journey
toward making a final product.
Why do it?
- stay on course and not get off-track when you put your final product together.
- see if you have enough (or too much) material to support your
- figure out the order in which your subtopics will appear in your final product.
An outline might be just for your own use, or your teacher may require that you hand it in while you are working on your project, so they can get an idea of where you are headed. It gives them a chance to help you head towards a good final destination.
How to do it:
1. Use this model for a formal outline which is the type that most teachers expect to see if they ask for one.
2. Use one of the CRLS Interactive Outline Makers.