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Creating Outlines

This guide walks users through the creation of different types of outlines in order to better organize their research materials.

About this Guide

This guide provides tutorials and examples for creating outlines. The contents include the following:

  • Formal Outlines
    Provides guidance for generating a formal outline.
  • Informal Outlines
    Provides guidance for building informal outlines.
  • Resources
    Provides links to resources and tutorials which help with outline creation.
  • Help
    Provides links to additional resources that were not otherwise mentioned.

Why Do We Outline?

An outline helps you...

  • Clarify ideas
  • Organize large amounts of research
  • Identify gaps in coverage
  • Avoid plagiarism by matching concepts with sources
  • Stay on track

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