Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Writing and Research: Creating an Outline

This guide provides students with information and resources about writing and research.

Header Image

essay outline bibguru illustration

How To Create an Outline

How to Write an Outline for an Essay  
This article discusses strategies for creating essay outlines and includes an example.

Why and How to Use Outlines 
The Purdue OWL offers insights for why an outline can help you with your research.

Create an Outline  
This chapter from an open access textbook breaks down the anatomy of an outline and offers tips for creating one.

Outline Examples

Example Outline 
Walden University's Writing Center provides a sample outline for a 5-7 page paper.

Sample Outline with Worksheet 
This is a sample outline and worksheet from the website of the University of Mary Washington.