In general, a standard high school or college research paper should have no more than four or five main points.
You need more than one paragraph to make a paper, you need more than one sentence to make a paragraph, and you need more than one detail to support an idea.
If you have too many ideas, your paper will either be too long or more likely, vague and overly general.
This means you shouldn’t have more than four or five Roman numerals in your outline.
At last, you’re ready to draft your research paper.
See research paper outline examples for more information on outline writing and alternative forms of research paper outlines.
The arguments must be supported by what you uncovered in your research.
Just as you identified the arguments in other writers’ work when you were doing your research, you must now identify the arguments you will use to support your thesis as you assemble your outline. Details are indicated by numbers, followed by a period. More specific details are indicated with lower-case letters.
The thesis must also do more than simply restate or summarize the background you were given in the assignment.
It should reveal the most important thing you learned from your research.