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Research Strategies: Create an Outline/Draft

Creating an Outline and Draft

Once you have gathered and verified all your sources, the next step will be creating an outline and draft of your paper.

Why create an Outline? (More information can be found at OWL Purdue):

  • It helps you organize your thoughts.
  • It helps keep track of your information.
  • Keeps order to your paper.

Why create a rough draft?

  • Determine if your paper flows well.
  • Does the body of your paper relate to your thesis?

Just remember, creating an outline and a rough draft does not mean that it is what your final paper needs to look like. 

These are just steps to make the writing process easier. 

MLA Style Overview (8th edition)

What is Plagiarism?

The short videos on this page from Rutgers University Libraries are funny, but very informative. If you have any question about when you need to cite sources, please watch them!

Citation Sources

The following websites will help you with formating MLA and APA citations. There are also print copies of the MLA/APA handout and the MLA 8th edition/APA 6th edition located inside the library at the Research Help Desk.


MLA Purdue OWL  - This website provides a detailed guide on using MLA citations.


APA Purdue OWL  - This website provides a detailed guide on using APA citations.