The sections in your research paper need to add up to your big point (or thesis statement) in a sensible progression.
One way of putting that is, “Does the architecture of your paper correspond to the argument you are making?
The reader, in turn, benefits from the outline in the form of a complete and detailed table of contents.
Not all instructors require a formal outline for a research paper.
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Whether you begin with a story, puzzle, or broad statement, the next part of the introduction should pose your main questions and establish your argument.
This is your thesis statement—your viewpoint along with the supporting reasons and evidence.
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