Sample Outline for Term Papers

Outlining a term paper helps you organize, prioritize, and ultimately, create a polished piece.

In general, an outline should include an introductory paragraph, the body of the paper (in which the main points are developed), and a conclusion.

Title - The Top Three Reasons Animals Prefer Spring Break in the Sahara

I. Introduction/Thesis - "In this paper we'll look at the top three reasons that the Sahara Desert makes an excellent vacation spot for wildlife."

  • Main Point - The plentiful sunshine helps snakes get great tans.
  • Main Point - It's the number-one social spot for wealthy camels.
  • Main Point - Large cacti can easily be converted into predator-proof condos.

II. Conclusion and Catchy Take-Away - The Sahara: It May Be Hot, But It's the Coolest Place to Visit!

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