Rules for creating an outline:

The more detailed you get with information you want to convey, the more detailed your outline must

be. You start all the way to the left with a Roman Numeral. (I, II, III, IV, V,VI etc) From there you go to

Capital letters. (A,B,C,D etc) then it goes to numbers (1,2,3,4 etc) and with more detail you would go

to lower case letters, (a,b,c,d etc) Each new category is indented a further five spaces. This way, all

the roman numerals align, as do the capital letters, numbers, and lower case letters. Look at the

sample below.

Note:as a general rule, whenever you have a 1, you must have a 2, and whenever you have a A, you

must have a B etc. In other words, you could not have the following.

I,

A.

1.

II.

In this situation, you would just have a "B" instead of the 1.

Here is a logical outline sequence. Your outline will most likely have each new roman numeral

represent a different paragraph in your paper.

i.

A.

1.

2.

a.

b.

B.

II.

A.

B.

1.

2.

3.

III.

The more detailed you get with information you want to convey, the more detailed your outline must

be. You start all the way to the left with a Roman Numeral. (I, II, III, IV, V,VI etc) From there you go to

Capital letters. (A,B,C,D etc) then it goes to numbers (1,2,3,4 etc) and with more detail you would go

to lower case letters, (a,b,c,d etc) Each new category is indented a further five spaces. This way, all

the roman numerals align, as do the capital letters, numbers, and lower case letters. Look at the

sample below.

Note:as a general rule, whenever you have a 1, you must have a 2, and whenever you have a A, you

must have a B etc. In other words, you could not have the following.

I,

A.

1.

II.

In this situation, you would just have a "B" instead of the 1.

Here is a logical outline sequence. Your outline will most likely have each new roman numeral

represent a different paragraph in your paper.

i.

A.

1.

2.

a.

b.

B.

II.

A.

B.

1.

2.

3.

III.

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