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Creating an Outline

Adapted from http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/outline.html
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Cara Stone

on 31 January 2014

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Transcript of Creating an Outline

LIBA 110 Fall 2012
Creating an Outline
Lietzau, K. (2010). Creating Outlines. In Writer's web: Getting Started. Retrieved from http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/outline.html
Write a research question
Narrow your topic as necessary, but not too narrow
Do background research & let it help guide you as you seek to answer your research question
Identify Your Topic
How are local, state, and federal laws about medical marijuana impacting its production and distribution?
States with medical marijuana allowed
Medical marijuana
Drug Laws
Drugs
United States
Narrowing your topic:
What about buying drugs online?
article about Rx drugs being sold online
article about the dangers of counterfeit drugs sold online
article about illegal drugs being distributed online
What impact has the internet had on U.S. drug sales in terms of....
pharmaceutical practices and policies
consumer health and the dangers associated with online drug sales?
consumer savings (pros adn cons)?
illegal drug trafficking?
or

or
or
Or... You can start somewhere in the middle and narrow as you go...
Figure out your main points
What do you want your audience to learn (or feel)?
Why are your main points important?
These should support your thesis.
Arrange your main points
Put them in a logical order (you can change it later if you need to)!
Create sub-points
Add more info under each of your main points
Go into the little details of your paper
Include important quotes (don't forget source information & page numbers)
The more work you put into your outline, the easier it will be to write your paper draft!
Evaluate your outline
Does what you wrote make sense?
Do you have enough sub-points under the main points?
Do you have extra fluff that's not necessary?
Once you have an awesome outline, you can start writing your paper! (You can start from any point in your outline--wherever you feel most inspired!)
Activity
In your assigned groups read the article that is given to you
Identify the thesis, or main point, from the article
Identify supporting sections
Pretend you are the author--What would your outline for the article have looked like?
Be sure you include the big ideas as well as important statistics & quotes
Be ready to share your outline with the class
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