You've worked hard, taken lots of notes, and are now an expert on your subject. Just a few more steps, and you'll be ready to begin writing.

Your notes need to be organized into categories to make it easier to see how much information and what type of information you've gathered.

  • Begin by sorting all your note cards into separate piles or topic stacks.
  • Assign each pile a name or topic
  • Read through the information contained on each card in each pile.

Many writers consider outlining the most difficult, yet most important part of the writing process. Creating an outline requires you to completely think through your paper. Most importantly, an outline helps you to pull together all your information— instead of simply stating a string of rambling facts, an outline helps you create a sensible paper that's easy and interesting to read.

Here is an example of an outline. Click on the red text to read an explanation.

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