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Title: How to Write Professional Research Paper Outline

How to Write Professional Research Paper Outline
  • Writing a professional research paper outline is
    very useful for organizing your thoughts and
    ideas on the topic. It doesnt matter how many
    pages your written piece must have, it should
    consist of an introduction, the body, and
    conclusion. The more detailed outline you create,
    the more accurate and powerful research paper you
    get in result.

  • Why do you need to come up with a senior project
    research paper outline? The main reason is to see
    the logical order of all your thoughts. It helps
    to keep an eye on a huge amount of information
    you need for your research paper. Besides, an
    outline allows you to see how much time you need
    to accomplish each section before you start

  • What is a preliminary outline?
  • It connects all your thoughts to each other
  • It shows which order of your ideas is the best
  • It defines where gaps might be in your writing
    and whether all your evidence is effective enough
    to back up your arguments.

Tips on creating an outline
  • Before writing paper outlines
  • Choose a decent topic. It should be interesting
    for you as well as for your readers. It must work
    to your strengths so select the one about which
    you know something. Consider your knowledge,
    interests, your readers and papers aim.

  • Define your audience
  • Find out which language will be the most
    appropriate and understandable for those you are
    writing for jargon or formal language. Besides,
    papers style and tone are also determined by the

  • Define the research problem
  • The research problem is a crucial point of your
    paper. It is some condition that can be improved,
    an issue to be removed, or troubling question in
    theory or practice which needs to be investigated
    or explained.

  • Specify your main points
  • Think about the major points which youre going
    to describe in the introduction and develop in
    the body of your research paper.

  • Start creating an outline
  • Begin with the introduction. This part is crucial
    because after reading it, your audience will
    decide whether it is worth to read the rest of
    the paper. So, the introduction should be
    engaging, eye-catching, and informative (however,
    dont overdo here giving too many details on the
    topic is not so good idea).

  • Catch your readers attention begin with some
    examples from real life, interesting statistic,
    or historical background which introduces your

  • Specify key terms which are crucial in
    understanding the topic. Also, point out
    background facts on the subject needed to get to
    the point of your written piece.

  • End your introduction with a thesis statement (an
    optimal length is 1-2 sentences). The whole paper
    will be focused on it, so make sure your thesis
    is clear, concise, and never boring.

  • The body
  • List all your points and ideas and back them up
    with strong examples, vivid details, and powerful
    arguments. If youre using some information from
    publications of other authors, paraphrase or
    quote them accurately.

  • Dont avoid ideas which are opposite to yours. In
    such a way, you will show the reader youve
    conducted a deep and thorough research on the
    topic. Explain why these contrasting arguments
    are wrong and yours are more valuable.

  • Conclusion
  • Write again your thesis statement but in
    different words. Make a short summary of each
    main point youve included in the body (maximum 2
    sentences on each idea). Also, write a strong
    final sentence which ties an overall idea of your
    paper together.

  • Call to action
  • It is a final message to your audience and a
    chance to provoke it. Leave your readers with
    something to think about or call to a discussion.
    Use paper outline example to find out how to do

Other helpful tips
  • Some students dont start writing with an
    introduction they prefer creating a thesis and
    main points first. This part is very important so
    no rushing! After youve completed your research
    paper, you can be more qualified to write a
    proper introduction.

  • While researching you can find out new unexpected
    facts which can significantly change the focus of
    your written piece. It is absolutely OK so feel
    free to add new sections and reorganize your

  • Use transitional words (for instance, in
    addition, furthermore, in contrast, otherwise, in
    this case, in fact, etc.) between main ideas and
    examples which support them.
  • Move from general to specific, from abstract to
    concrete. Make your research paper consistent
    from the start to the end. Check this Google
    book and find even more tips.

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