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Example for Outlining a Research/Term Paper
Before you start writing get your ideas down in a logical sequence that you can then use to
expand while actually writing the paper. This is only meant to be an example and a guide; pay
attention to your teacher’s instructions for the assignment and format instructions for their
class. Know what style format your instructor wants you to use - APA or MLA.
Thesis statement: <What your paper is going to be about.> Example:
The cost of medical care in the United States is causing the poor to receive substandard care.
Key points: <What ideas you will actually be writing about. For a short paper at least three, no
more than five. You can take ideas away, modify or add when you start writing. Check with
your instructor.> Examples of possible key points for the above thesis statement:
1. Paying for medical care is beyond the reach of the poor.
2. Paying for medical insurance is beyond the reach of the poor if not offered by their
3. The poor are forced to use over-extended and under-staffed medical facilities if they cannot
4. Are we ethically responsible for caring for the poor
5. What would possible alternatives be to supplying medical care for the poor
You can use the thesis statement and key points to create an introductory paragraph; then you
will expand in the rest of the paper on the thesis and key points. Examples of expanding on key
Key point 1. Paying for medical care is beyond the reach of the poor. < Expand your ideas for
this topic – this could be one or more paragraphs.>
Demonstrate why and how medical care is beyond the poor.
Average cost of medical care as opposed to average salaries.
The poor have to use clinics and other free care.
Key point 2. Paying for medical insurance is beyond the reach of the poor if not offered by their
employers. <Expand your ideas for this topic– this could be one or more paragraphs.>
Can the average worker afford health care costs even if they have them.
Average costs of health care plans.
If an employer does not supply health care benefits how can employees get it.
Key point 3. The poor are forced to use over-extended and under-staffed medical facilities if
they cannot afford care. <Expand your ideas for this topic – this could be one or more
What kind of facilities are available to people who can’t afford health care.
What are limitations for using those facilities (income, etc.).
Are these facilities adequately staffed and funded.