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Section 1 Foundations of Doctoral Study / Chapter 7 Preparing for Writing

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Template for a Basic Linear Outline


 1. Introduction


a. Context


b. Thesis statement


2. Main Point 1—supports thesis and propels the argument forward


a. Minor point or subtopic provides details and supports Main Point 1


b. Minor point or subtopic


3. Main Point 2


a. Minor point or subtopic


b. Minor point


4. Main Point 3


a. Minor point


5. Conclusion


a. Review major points and restate thesis


b. Discuss any future research or unanswered questions