In a post, long long ago, I wrote about the types of outlines that you can do, and though I could go over it again, it would be better to explain why it’s a good idea to use it for your paper.
One good reason to include it is because your instructor is going to require it. Usually they require it because the format of the paper requires it. They will also ask for it as a sort of checklist to see if you are following a sort of consistency within your paper. Often they will ask for a copy before you turn your paper in so they can have an idea of what your paper is about and will be able to discuss the paper with you with any questions or suggestions.
In the same thought, you can use it as a checklist for yourself. Especially when you are going through your first draft, an outline is a good guide for the flow of your paper. For your research, an outline is good for you to figure out where to put each piece of your research.
The best part is that when you are working on an outline, you will figure out what your introduction and conclusion will include. Since they are summaries of your paper, the same thing as your abstract, the body of your outline is helpful to get a proper grip on wording for these sections. Especially if you’re like me and each bullet is a one sentence summary of that point.
So don’t be afraid of your outline. It’s there to help you and show you that you got this. Just be sure that you understand what your topic is and have your research done before you get started. Before you know it, your outline will become fleshed out and can span more than just a page or two. Go for it!
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