Research Paper â€“ Working Outline Instructions
Using current APA 6th edition format, you will create a Working Outline – Alphanumeric as the next step towards your Final Research Paper. This outline will include a title page and references page(s).
You will outline your proposed Final Paper into various sections. You must include a brief summary (thesis statement) of the kind of content and scholarly sources you plan to include, giving a clear direction for your Final Research Paper.
You must cite ALL the sources from your Annotated Bibliography paper into the Working Outline. You can add or delete sources as you build your outline, however, ALL proposed sources (minimum of 10 peer-reviewed journal articles) must be cited in the outline!
Sources must be referenced as appropriate, following current APA format, and you must include your references in an APA References page at the end of the Working Outline.
A working outline is crafted after all of your preliminary research is done. It is a solid tool to organize all of the concepts you will address in your research paper and can easily be converted into a final draft of your actual paper.
Use standard outlining format with your thesis statement above the first Roman numeral entry; it will become the foundation for your introductory paragraph. (which in APA style is never preceded by a heading titled â€œintroductionâ€):
ï‚· Thesis statement
ï‚· All of your primary issues will be enumerated as Roman numerals (I, II, III). These should be left-justified, in standard outline format. They will later become your Level 1 headings (see page 62 of your APA manual). Include some bullets or phrases to support each, with citations in proper APA format for the resources in your reference list. Complete sentences are not necessary in an outline.
ï‚· The supporting (secondary) issues for each primary issue will be labeled with capital letters (A, B, C). These should be indented Â½â€, in standard outline format. They will later become your Level 2 headings.
ï‚· Any tertiary issues that support your secondary issues will be labeled with Arabic numbers (1, 2, 3). These should be indented 1â€, in standard outline format. They will become your Level 3 headings.
ï‚· Subheadings under the tertiary issues would be labeled with lowercase letters (a, b, c). These would be indented 1-1/2â€, in standard outline format. They would become your Level 4 headings.
ï‚· The last possible level would be issues supporting the Level 4 headings, which would be labeled with lowercase Roman numerals (i, ii, iii). These would be indented 2â€. They would become Level 5 headings.
As with all outlines and papers, there must be at least two divisions for each level used, if any. Outlines cannot have a â€œIâ€ without a â€œIIâ€ or an â€œAâ€ without a â€œB,â€ for example. Likewise, APA papers cannot have just one Level 2 heading under a Level 1 heading; there must be at least two Level 2 headings under that Level 1 heading, or no Level 2 headings there at all. In other words, if you donâ€™t plan to divide the larger section into two or more smaller sections, do not divide it at all. Each new larger section starts anew. It is possible to have five Roman numerals, with capital letters under just the fourth one; others may have capital letter divisions under every Roman numeral.
Also note that the information included under each section should NOT be in compete sentences. Phrases should be short and direct. A standard title page and reference page are also required, as required in all APA assignments.