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2. Components and Format


Each heading and subheading should be parallel. In other words, they should match. For example, if you begin the first heading with a verb, begin the second heading with a verb. If you begin the first heading with a noun, begin the second heading with a noun. Make them match.


Your first heading will determine the way all of your other headings are written. Keep the weight of the items the same. In other words, all of your main tasks should have the same importance. All of your sub-tasks should have the same importance.


Headings are more general information. As you add sub-headings, the information becomes more specific.


Divide every heading into two or more sub-parts or sub-headings. Try to keep the number of sub-headings relatively equal.

KEY--Click Here First

To navigate in this mindmap: 1. An icon that looks like a page indicates that there are notes for that topic. 2. A circle icon with an arrow in it indicates that there is a clicakble Web link associated with the topic. 3. A plus sign means that there is more information in reference to the topic that can be reached by clicking the sign. 4. An icon that looks like a paperclip indicates that there is a file that can be opened by clicking the icon.

1. Types of Outlines

Alphanumeric Outlines

Alphanumeric outlines are the most common form of outline. Formatting: Roman numerals Capitalized letters Arabic numerals Lowercase letters If the outline has sub-parts after lowercase letters, use Arabic numerals inside parenthesis and then lowercase letters inside parenthesis. Full sentences are not used. Fractions of sentences are acceptable.

Full Sentence Outlines

Although much the same as the alphanumeric outline, a full-sentence outline has full sentences at each level, rather than fractions of sentences.

Decimal Outlines

Similar to the alphanumeric outline, this type of outline uses decimal notations to show every level of the outline and how it relates to the whole. Format: 1.0   1.1       1.2

3. Creating the Outline


After you have decided what your topic/thesis/purpose is, and after you have finished your research, decide what information needs to be included in your writing.


If you have taken your notes on notecards, it is easy to group all of the related information together.


Order your information from general to specific. Your paper should start out with general information and then address more specific information as appropriate. .


Choose the style of your outline and create your headings and sub-headings.