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Academic Writing: Sample Outline Template

This LibGuide was designed to provide you with assistance in citing your sources when writing an academic paper.

Sample Outline Template

 

   I. Introduction

         1. Get the reader's attention (for example, by telling something interesting, short, or personal about the topic) 

         2. State the thesis is one sentence ( do not ask a question!)

   II. Body

         1. First Point

               1. Supporting evidence (facts and examples)

               2. Supporting evidence (facts and examples)

         2. Second point

               1. Supporting evidence (facts and examples)

               2. Supporting evidence (facts and examples)                 

         3. Third point

               1. Supporting evidence (facts and examples)

               2. Supporting evidence (facts and examples)                  

         4. Fourth explanation (continue as above with additional explanations as needed.)

               1. Support

               2. Support

    III. Conclusion

       A. Reemphasize your thesis in a fresh way, showing how your have achieved your purpose.

       B. Make a memorable final statement (urge your reader/listener to learn more, explain how this information has changed you or your view of the world, etc.