SAMPLE RESEARCH PAPER OUTLINE
This outline is only a general guide for your paper. As for other important information, You must use a size 12 Times New Roman font, double-space, with 1” margins at top, bottom, right and left. I. Introduction
A. State your topic. (ex., “This paper will examine (your topic) . . . . “) 1. State why you are interested in this topic (purpose)
2. State the initial questions that you used to develop your hypothesis B. State your hypothesis. Your hypothesis is the main idea, or focus of your paper. All information that you present must relate to your hypothesis. This means that it either provides support or it disconfirms your hypothesis. 1. Define all terms in your hypothesis
2. Identify points for further clarification (if any)
a.) sub point a (as needed)
b.) sub point b “
c.) sub point c “
i. other necessary information (as needed)
ii. other necessary information “
II. Background Information (includes your research)
1. Discuss pertinent aspects of the research you used.
2. State the major outcomes of the research you included and how it related to your hypothesis.
III. Evaluation of your hypothesis (minimum of one page)
A. State whether you confirmed or disconfirmed your hypothesis. NOTE: Your objective is to confirm or disconfirm your hypothesis, not to prove some phenomenon or convince / persuade your reader to feel a certain emotion about the topic. Your grade is not affected by your results. Consider that you are a reporter of information who must address both the accuracy and inaccuracy of the hypothesis.
1. Why did you confirm or disconfirm?
2. Was your hypothesis accurate? Why?
3. Was your hypothesis inaccurate? Why?
B. Evaluation of your research. (Data and methods)
1. What was beneficial in your research? [strengths]
2. What was not beneficial in your research? [weaknesses]
3. Were you able to find sufficient research? Does the research have a narrow or broad focus with regard to your topic? Why do you...
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devices should be ordered exactly as they appear in your paper and include a brief caption. To identify
each device within the body of your paper, place a statement within your paper to indicate the location of
the device. For example, “Photograph #1 goes here”. In the event that the device has an explanatory
statement that is part of your text, you could reference it as: “Alzheimer’s Disease appears to also destroy
the axons and dendrites of the cerebral cortex which can be clearly observed (see Photograph number 1).” If you
have questions regarding the insertion of these devices, please consult the Publication Manual of the
American Psychological Association (fifth edition), or discuss with your instructor.
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