How to Write an Outline for a Research Paper The structure of your outline will be similar regardless of whether you are writing a scientific paper or something more general.
Interestingly, the structure of a research outline is nearly identical to that of a research paper template.
The Introduction is one of the most important elements of any great research paper, and interestingly enough, often written LAST.
This is because the purpose of the introduction is to grab the attention of the reader, this is done by presenting the reader with the topic, and using the thesis statement as an opportunity to ‘hook’ the attention of the reader.
You will also want to consider using a literature overview.
This is achieved by documenting the literary sources used to support your theories and hypothesis.
The following guideline will help you to create finished paper that not only reads like it was professionally written – but also looks like it!
Use clean, good quality 8 1/2″ x 11″ white paper, one side only.
Initially, dividing your essay, research or other paper into various components (Introduction, Body, Conclusion, etc.) will help you to stay better organized and reduce the risk of important information being forgotten or unintentionally omitted.
Furthermore, breaking the essay down into these parts will allow you to address specific parts individually and lessen the chances of feeling overwhelmed.