The purpose of outlining while writing a research paper is to take all of your facts and note cards and to put them together into a logical order. Thisarticle will help you practice your writing skills of research paper outline.


1. Introduction section: First place the items in a logical order by numbering them on this sheet. Then write them on the outline in the same order.
2. Main Topics and Sub-Topics section: Main topics are like headings—they are the most general ideas. Find the main topics in the list and put them in a logical order; then write them on the lines of the outline that are labeled with Roman numerals (I, II, III)
Tips for conducting an interview:

1. Come prepared with a list of good questions: “Good” questions invite answers that reveal the personality of the subject and how the subject feels about a particular topic.

Poor question: How dangerous is race car driving?
Better question: Many people think race car driving is dangerous; what would you say to these people?

2. Show a genuine interest in your subject’s answers: You do this by asking appropriate follow-up questions—ones that you may not have anticipated asking but your are led to ask by your subject’s responses.

You need couple sources for your research paper outline. Sources can come from books, magazine articles, newspaper articles, online articles (from an approved library resource or a reliable website), videos or television documentaries, or an interview with an expert. You must write down each source and take notes. Use a variety of sources (at least 3 different types).

How to write down a source:

Book: Title, author, publishing company, publishing date
Magazine: Title of magazine, publication date/volume, title of article, author of article, page numbers of article
Newspaper: Title of newspaper, publication date, title of article, author of article, page numbers of article
Website: Name of website, website address (exactly where the article is found)
Video or TV Documentary: Title, channel, show time
Expert: Name of expert, expert’s job title (or “what” makes them an expert)

*You must write down each source on the form provided. Do not copy your notes directly from the text. You must read the information and then write down what you learned in your own words.