Why Create an Outline?
Creating an outline before you start writing your essay can help you organize your arguments in a logical way. Laying out your essay sections or paragraphs and listing all the information you will be including is also a good way to make sure you meet assignment criteria. For research papers, using an outline can help you keep track of large amounts of information.
Aids in the process of writing;
Allows you to show the relationships between ideas in your writing;
Constructs an ordered overview of your writing.
How to Create an Outline
Carefully read your assignment details.
Decide on a topic.
Create a thesis statement for your paper.
List all the ideas and/or specific examples that you want to include in your paper.
Group the related ideas together under common headings; these will form your body paragraphs.
Ensure all your ideas flow together in a logical way.