Outline for an BS HHSM Paper

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Outline for an BS HHSM Paper

The following outline shows the basic format for most academic papers, no matter their length: an introduction, body, and conclusion. Read over what typically goes in each of these sections, and then use the back of this handout to create an outline for your specific paper.

  1. Introduction

The introduction should have some of the following elements, depending on the type of paper:

  • Start with an attention grabber: an example, statistic, or historical context that introduces the paper topic
    • Give an overview of any issues involved with the subject
    • Define any key terminology needed to understand the topic
    • Quote or paraphrase sources revealing the controversial nature of the subject
    • Highlight background information on the topic needed to understand the direction of the paper

The introduction must end with a THESIS statement (1 to 2 sentences in length):

  • Tell what the overall paper will focus on
  • Briefly outline the main supporting points that will unify the paper.
  1. Body

 Clearly present the main supporting points of the paper as listed in the thesis

  • Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence that introduces the supporting point
  • Give strong evidence, examples, details, and explanations to support each main point
  • If a research paper, use strong evidence from sources—paraphrases, summaries, and quotations that support the main points using in-text citations in APA
  • Make sure that all the ideas in a paragraph are closely related to and further develop the supporting point described in the topic sentence

III.   Conclusion

 Restate your thesis from the introduction in different words

  • Briefly summarize each main point found in the body of the paper (avoid going over two sentences for each point)
  • Discuss implications of the findings, including recommendations if appropriate.
  • End with a strong clincher statement: an appropriate, meaningful final sentence that ties the whole point of the paper together (may refer back to the attention grabber)

 Additional Tips

  • You do not need to start writing your paper with the introduction. Try writing the thesis and body first; then go back and figure out how to best introduce the body and conclude the paper
  • Use transitions between main points and between examples within the main points, and be sure to think about coherence (i.e., the connections among paragraphs and ideas) during the revision stage of the writing process.
  • Always keep your thesis in the forefront of your mind while writing; everything in your paper must point back to the thesis
  • Use the back of this handout to make an outline of your paper

Paper Outline

Paper Topic:                                                                                                         Audience:                  _

  1. Introduction

Possible ideas for the introduction (see front side of handout for suggestions)

 

 

Thesis Statement (usually the last sentence(s) in the introduction):

  1. Body (A paper may have a few or many main points; decide how many your paper will need)

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  • Conclusion

Reworded Thesis (Usually found near the beginning of the conclusion):

Other Ideas for Conclusion:

Clincher Ideas:

                                                                                                                                                                   

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