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Sample Outline of Term Paper

Below you can find a sample outline of a term paper, dedicated to the topic of pollution. You should organize yours in the same way, or in accordance with some special requirements of your tutor. Do not forget to apply proper format and use the required citation style. All of these elements contribute to the final grade of your paper. They are of no less importance, than the main part of your paper.

Look at the example prepared by our writers to be followed while working on your term paper. It is designed up to the general requirements given to the writing of an outline.

General tips to follow while writing an outline

Basically, each and every outline for any paper you need to write, should be prepared before you start writing the contents for the work. This is a scheme that structures the main ideas that are to be included into your term paper. Also, it makes the process of writing easier because you can clearly understand what to do next and what type of research you should make.

There are many examples and templates to be followed while completing an outline for your work, but your tutor can give you certain instructions to follow. Usually, students are asked to stick to APA (American Psychological Association) or MLA (Modern Language Association) term paper formats.

How to make a decision on the topic? Probably, you are given a specific topic for your term paper. Or you may be free to choose any yourself. Nevertheless, if the topic is specified, for example, “Environmental Pollution”, it is described too widely and you can search for any separate issues to discuss in terms of his topic. Lets say, we could take any region or a state to make a research of the pollution there and find the main factors and reasons that cause this problem. However, instead of discussing a narrow issue in this term paper, we considered it more generally, mentioning the roots and reasons of the pollution and providing some research on the pollution of ancient times.

So, take a look at the example of a term paper outline below to see how you can complete and format it by yourself for your own paper.

The example of an outline for a term paper

I Introduction.

II Pollution as the biggest trouble of the modern world.

A. Reasons for pollution (vehicles, factories and use of more and more chemical fertilizers for increased production).

B. Set of actions to be taken in order to stop the process of pollution around the globe.

III Roots of the pollution problem.

A. Analysis of the pollution level in the past.

Ancient times.

Medieval period.

18-19th centuries.

20th century.

B. Analysis of the current situation with pollution.

Reasons for today’s pollution level.

Pollution statistics on the global level.

IV Situation in the most affected areas.

A. Analysis of the pollution concentration in the different parts of Earth.

B. Greenhouse effect.

C. Situation with the ozone layer.

D. Real threat to some countries.

V Ways of prevention further pollution.

A. Better facilities for preventing emission of pollutants.

B. Change of the current system, automobiles use to operate.

C. Improved ways for waste materials recycling.

D. Elimination of the use of plastics and other similar chemical substances.

VII Bibliography.

VI Conclusions on the pollution level.

How to understand what paragraphs to choose for for your term paper outline? Before you start preparing an outline, we recommend that you look for the sources available on your topic. Gather them and focus on the most interesting and compelling information. Make a draft of it and see whether there’s a logical connection between the paragraphs and try to estimate how many pages will each of them contain. This will make the total lengths of your term paper.


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