Informal Outline * “Working Outline” is a private affair-fluid, subject to constant revision, made without attention to form and destined for the wastebasket.
Formal Outline * A formal outline is organized into headings under which several levels of subheadings are listed
-Compiling a formal outline is necessary, however, if the outline will be circulated to others for their use or review. For instance, if several people will be writing portions of the same document, a formal outline will help clarify exactly what information should be covered in each writer’s contribution. * Arrangement of Letters and Numbers in a Formal Outline
I. (main topic)
A. (subtopics of I)
1. (subtopics of B)
a. (subtopics of 2)
i. (subtopics of b) ii. II. (main topic)
* Two types of Outlines
Topic Outlines * Consist of short phrases arranged to reflect your primary method of development. A topic outline is especially useful for short documents such as letters, emails, or memos…
Sentence Outline * Summarizes each idea in a complete sentence that may become the topic sentence for a paragraph in the rough draft. If most of your notes can be shaped into topic sentences for paragraphs in the rough draft, you can be relatively sure that your document will be well organized."
III. Outline symbols must be consistent with specific rules.
A. Use Roman Numerals for Main Points
B. Use Upper Case Letters for Sub-points
C. Use Arabic Numbers for sub-sub-points
D. Use Lower Case Letters for sub-sub-sub-points
E. The common form is shown in the following example
B. * Main parts of Outlining * Introduction
The Introduction should contain your thesis