The very basic of any quality paper is a properly composed outline. If you do not know what to begin with when writing your paper, the best decision is to start with an outline. There are several types of outlines, and you may choose one of the following:

  • Alphanumeric;
  • Full-sentence;
  • Decimal.

APA Outline

In APA, there are no specific requirements to outline structure. The most essential aspect is to adhere to the demands of your tutor. Besides, irrespective of what format you choose, you should make sure that your outline is composed in compliance with the general requirements. The most important of them are:

  • Font. It is better to choose one of the most popular fonts, for example, Times New Roman or Arial;
  • The main sections and headings. As usual, among them are introduction, body, and conclusion;
  • Headings and subheadings. For headings, it is better to use Roman numerals, for subheadings, you may use capital letters, Arabic numerals, or lower case letters.

Furthermore, do not forget to begin your outline with a new page. If there are no specific requirements, you may choose the format of the components in the outline. You might include headings and subheadings only, brief sentences, or long sentences and even several of them. Just remember that it is not only the tutor but also you who should be comfortable with the outline.


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