This sample outline is meant to guide you through your own outline.  Your outlines should show a progression of your paper topic while indicating which sources you intend to use and how you will use them to prove your point

Your outline should also include a works cited page listing each of your sources in MLA format.  Remember:  If you are getting your sources from the databases, there is a specific format for it.  From Purdue OWL:

An Article from an Online Database (or Other Electronic Subscription Service)

Cite articles from online databases (e.g. LexisNexis, ProQuest, JSTOR, ScienceDirect) and other subscription services just as you would print sources. Since these articles usually come from periodicals, be sure to consult the appropriate sections of the Works Cited: Periodicals page, which you can access via its link at the bottom of this page. In addition to this information, provide the title of the database italicized, the medium of publication, and the date of access.

Junge, Wolfgang, and Nathan Nelson. “Nature’s Rotary Electromotors.” Science 29 Apr. 2005: 642-44. Science Online. Web. 5 Mar. 2009.

Langhamer, Claire. “Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth-Century England.” Historical Journal 50.1 (2007): 173-96. ProQuest. Web. 27 May 2009.

 Please note that in your paper you will need to use a hanging indent for the second and subsequent line of each citation!


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