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Apa Term Paper Outline Template

Types of Outlines and Samples

Alphanumeric Outlines

This is the most common type of outline and usually instantly recognizable to most people. The formatting follows these characters, in this order:

  • Roman Numerals
  • Capitalized Letters
  • Arabic Numerals
  • Lowercase Letters

If the outline needs to subdivide beyond these divisions, use Arabic numerals inside parentheses and then lowercase letters inside parentheses. Select the "Sample Outlines" PDF in the Media Box above to download the sample of this outline.

The sample PDF in the Media Box above is an example of an outline that a student might create before writing an essay. In order to organize her thoughts and make sure that she has not forgotten any key points that she wants to address, she creates the outline as a framework for her essay.

What is the assignment?

Your instructor asks the class to write an expository (explanatory) essay on the typical steps a high school student would follow in order to apply to college.

What is the purpose of this essay?

To explain the process for applying to college

Who is the intended audience for this essay?

High school students intending to apply to college and their parents

What is the essay's thesis statement?

When applying to college, a student follows a certain process which includes choosing the right schools and preparing the application materials.

Full Sentence Outlines

The full sentence outline format is essentially the same as the Alphanumeric outline. The main difference (as the title suggests) is that full sentences are required at each level of the outline. This outline is most often used when preparing a traditional essay. Select the "Sample Outlines" PDF in the Media Box above to download the sample of this outline.

Decimal Outlines

The decimal outline is similar in format to the alphanumeric outline. The added benefit is a system of decimal notation that clearly shows how every level of the outline relates to the larger whole. Select the "Sample Outlines" PDF in the Media Box above to download the sample of this outline.

The importance of the outline in the research paper is obvious. There are many rules that help you to build up your writing plan. Let`s see how APA formatting style supposes the plan to look like.

There are three commonly used APA examples of the outline. They all based upon setting the consequence in numeration of divided parts. To comprehend it most effectively, one needs to show the templates of each.

Basic APA format outline

Directing the play for scholars

  1. Choose the play
    • Ask other qualified people
    • Look through your own experience
      1. remind the school literature course
      2. refer to your non-scholar knowledge
        • what your parents advised you
        • your own literature choices
  2. Begin preparation
    • Choose actors
      1. Invite those you know
        • a. choose those you have the experience to work with
          1. call those who were spectacular
          2. give another chance for losers
      2. Invite those you don`t know
        • ask another play director
        • ask a familiar actor for the recommendation
    • Start rehearsal

Full Sentence Outline Format

This format is almost similar to the previous. The distinction is that this way of composing of the plan requires using complete sentences for each subheading. Numeric approaches are the same.

I. Directing scholarship plays is a very important educational moment.

A. Taking part in staging, scholars are developed in a versatile way with the accent on creativity.

1. While getting prepared for the play they are involved in oeuvre and communion.

This format implies using APA citation rules if needed. Other writing plan templates are deprived of the possibility of stealing or unintentional using of other author`s thoughts.

Decimal Outline Format

  1. Choose the play
    1. Ask other qualified people
    2. Look back at your own experience
      1. Remind the school literature course
      2. Refer to your non-scholar knowledge

P.S.

The examples of the outline given supra are almost long established ways of composing the plan but still, pertain to the APA writing standard. All the peculiarities and demands are indicated.