How to Structure an Outline for a College Paper

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Structure an outline for your paper with this free video on how to write a college paper. Whether it's for your thesis, an essay, or a story, you can learn how to write at a higher educational level.

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An outline is a really helpful way to organize your thoughts throughout the whole writing process from the beginning when you are just brain storming to the very end when you are editing. Let's take a look at an example of an outline. Here is a sample outline. It's not completely filled up but it's just basically the idea of how you might organize your thoughts for your paper. First start with an introduction, the sample is about the growing market for wines in Ohio so you would have a brief comment leading into the subject matter. Then about the thesis of Ohio wines whatever that thesis is whether it's Ohio is the best place for wines or a growing community. Then we would go to the body and you would organize this part based on the main points you want to make. So these headers of the roman numerals would each be one of your main points. For instance, you might want to start off with the history of Ohio wines. Then you would have your supporting points wineries have been here for many years, recent history in growth and then under that supporting point. It's great to include as many details as you can with all these separate lines so that when you go to writing you would know where to go. Then continue through all your main points and then at the bottom you would have your conclusion where you kind of wrap it all up. Restate your point, restate your thesis and have a concluding statement to tie it up all together.

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