Outlines effectively reduce and order your source materials. An outline will force you to
The same outline can be used to generate feedback, serve as a writing aid, and provide the subject headings of your paper.
Work out a general plan first, and then make the outline more specific.
The following is an outline of a research article.
|Problem||Description of quake|
|Method||Ground water variables, flow rate, radon|
|Analysis||Comparison with other recent quakes|
--H. Wakita and U. Tsunogai, "Precursory Chemical Changes in Ground Water, Kobe Earthquake," Science