How to Write a College Paper : How to Structure an Outline for a College Paper
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How to Write a College Paper : How to Structure an Outline for a College Paper


I’m Kari Wethington for expertvillage.com.
Today we are going over how to write a college paper. 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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46 thoughts on “How to Write a College Paper : How to Structure an Outline for a College Paper

  1. Now.. I have to deal with TWO topics in my paper (~3000 words). How am I supposed to deal with that using this method?

  2. Why is this bitch spazzin' out?!?! My goodness. This is signs of a psycho chick! A while she was talking, did anyone notice how she pronounced every letter in every word? She even held notes of the letterrrrrr, in the end of each wording!! Wow!! Can u say, "Unproperrrrrr proper english"!!!!

  3. Hello Brandon,
    It depends on the type of paper you are writing to begin with, but the most common standard for a college essay is a paragraph. Your concluding statement should be the main subject of the concluding paragraph.

  4. Very clear, wish I had this clear method explained to be when I went back to college.
     I always wrote my short essays in this formate, tell the reader what your going to do, do it, tell the reader what you've done. Back up every claim you make with sourced reliable evidence.  A basic essay/paper

  5. Hello, I'm working on a paper right now to send it for consideration to a conference as my intended contribution. Befor sending the paper though I am required to send them an outline of my paper in a narrative format. Now what does that mean? (an outline in a narrative format) how is it different from the normal typical format of an outline (the one showed in this video) please help me out. my outline is due on April 15th. thanks a lot 

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  7. Well, my thoughts are currently a salad of stress, idiocy, panic, boredom and just plain IDGAFdom.
    No outline is gonna help.

  8. Thanks for your great explanation. It was helpful for me. Before starting a college paper writing you should pick a topic first. You may have your topic assigned, or you may be given free reign to write on the subject of your choice. If you are given the topic, you should think about the type of paper that you want to produce. https://customwriting.com This web will help you to write online.

  9. I kept trying to scroll down with my mouse, watching this at full screen at :47. Only for a couple of seconds though.

  10. This video is fairly poor. We get to see a moving image of a computer screen at an angle and never get to see the entire layout of the outline at one time. Why can't we see a nice layout of the entire outline? Why are there two Roman numeral IIIs? When you pointed at what is Roman numeral II, you said that these headers with Roman numerals are your main points. Then why start with II? I is the introduction. Body isn't marked by any number. It should be II if the introduction is I. Am I wrong? Maybe your main points should be A and B, since Body should be II? This is confusing. "Recent growth…" seems to be the 2nd main point and yet it is Roman numberal III, followed by another Roman numeral III at the same indentation for the conclusion. Lady, I think you need to go back to school. It's no wonder you are a journalist. Journalists these days… <smh>.

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