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This page is brought to you by the OWL at Purdue (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/). When printing this page, you must include the entire legal notice at bottom. Developing an Outline This resource was written by Purdue OWL . Last full revision by Elyssa Tardiff . Last edited by Allen Brizee on November 13th 2008 at 1:31PM Summary: This resource describes why outlines are useful, what types of outlines exist, suggestions for developing effective outlines, and how outlines can be used as an invention strategy for writing. 1. Four Main Components for Effective Outlines Ideally, you should follow these four suggestions to create an effective outline. The examples are taken from the Sample Outline handout. Parallelism - How do I accomplish this? Each heading and subheading should preserve parallel structure. If the first heading is a verb, the second heading should be a verb. Example: Choose Desired Colleges I. Prepare Application II. ("Choose" and "Prepare" are both verbs. The present tense of the verb is usually the preferred form for an outline) Coordination - How do I accomplish this? All the information contained in Heading 1 should have the same significance as the information contained in Heading 2. The same goes for the subheadings (which should be less significant than the headings). Example: Visit and evaluate college campuses I. Visit and evaluate college websites Note important statistics A. Look for interesting classes B. II. (Campus and websites visits are equally significant. They are part of the main tasks you would need to do. Finding statistics and classes found on college websites are parts of the process involved in carrying out the main heading topics.) Subordination - How do I accomplish this?
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