Form of a Sentence Outline
Abstract: The abstract contains a few, carefully written sentences
summarizing the major points in the paper.
Numbered sentences summarize the
major point of each paragraph in the paper.
- Each sentence must be a sentence -- that is, it has a subject
("each sentence"), a verb ("must be"), and a complement ("a sentence").
- The sentence should be as specific as possible so that the main
points/features of the paragraph are clear.
- Each sentence is the "topic sentence" of the paragraph and usually
appears as the first sentence of the paragraph.
- If one numbered item contains two sentences, make sure you are not
squeezing two paragraphs into one. For a paper of n double-spaced
pages, there should be 2 n to 3 n paragraphs.
- The sentences organize coherent arguments
toward paper's conclusions.
- An introductory paragraph sets the paper in
context; in this paragraph the topic sentence can be at the end.
- Generally, the next paragraph presents the principal results or
conclusions to be defended in the text of the paper.
- The final paragraph deftly summarizes results in the paper.
- At the end list the most important references
you will use. These references can be cited at relevant sentences in the