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If you are working on a research paper, then you know how difficult it can be to start the project. Most customers have a few weeks to plan for their project and get a topic approved. After that, they want to start seeing some tangible results. The best way to get started is to buy a research outline mock-up. The research outline is the plan and organizational structure for the entire project. Once it is complete, the rest of the paper is easy to write because all of the leg work is already done. Ultius has written thousands of research paper outline models and can help you get your’s done too. Read below why our online writing service specializes in these types of projects.  

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Understanding the structure of the document

Deciding the right structure for your project should be pretty simple, as there is a common format to follow. If you buy a research paper outline model from Ultius, we will follow through with using exactly the best format that guarantees satisfactory results. Let’s take a look at how to structure it:


  1. Describe the core issue
  2. Relevant terminology
  3. Major theories to use (frameworks usually)
  4. Thesis/Hypothesis (main claim or argument)
  5. Methodology (how you are going to prove your point is true or accurate)
  6. Literature Review (what other scholars have said about it)
    1. Use at least three to four other articles, but it depends on the size of the paper.

Quick tip: The introduction should always be roughly 20% of the total paper. So, for a ten page paper, it should be two pages.

Main Body

  1. Point number 1
    1. Data to back it up
    2. Relevance to thesis/claim
  2. Point number 2
    1. More data and quotes/facts
    2. Relevance to thesis
  3. (continue this for all sections and include sub sections if needed)

Quick tip: If you are doing a study with data and analysis, then make sure to also include charts, graphs and research study details like participants, sample size...etc.)

Conclusion and Discussion

  1. Review main points
  2. Assess validity of your claim based on the evidence
  3. Suggest area of future research
  4. Showcase the limitations of the study (optional)

Academic Sources

Finding the right sources may be the toughest part of doing your research paper outline, but it is also the most important. When conducting online research, don’t just use any website or blog that you find; instead, focus on using qualified peer-reviewed journals that are from trusted databases. These sources will be much more credible and will help you get a better grade when you turn in your research paper outline. Finding great online sources can be tricky, but luckily we have compiled that list for you. Here is a quick one of some of the best online journal databases that will help you:

JSTOR: This database is mostly for humanities sources (history, sociology, education...etc.), but it also has some great scientific articles too. You most likely need access from a school’s library website to use JSTOR, so check with them.

PubMed: If you are trying to buy a research paper outline for a science class like biology or chemistry, we are most likely going to use sources from this database. It is a compilation of truly science related sources and is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NIH).

EBSCOhost: This is another great database for the sciences. Again, you may need special access from your school in order to use it, but it’s a very great place to get good sources. Using the search feature can be a bit tricky, but it’s not as bad as JSTOR.

Google Scholar: Google Scholar never used to be a good source for academic journals until recently. It is a great place to find things and even links to Google’s digital book library. Be careful when you are browsing book pages, as you may only have restricted access to a few pages and should use it sparingly. Google Scholar even lets you save your citations. Go Google!

Of course, if you are overwhelmed and don't feel like doing this much work, you can always buy a research outline to have something to reference.

Using the right citation style

When doing your research paper outline, you also have to carefully consider which citation style you are going to use. Depending on your discipline, it is going to vary significantly. For example, history and economics classes utilize Chicago Manual of Style, which is a unique style of formatting with footnotes, endnotes and more. Our glossary has some of the citation styles outlined for your convenience. Either way, your professor will most likely tell you which citation style is best for your case. If not, then pick one based on the discipline that you are in. Here’s a quick breakdown of the citation style requirements for each discipline:

MLA Style: MLA Style is for English classes and the humanities. If you are writing your first research paper in college, then this is most likely the formatting style that you have to use. Make sure to use proper in-text citations and reference a sample paper if you have to. 

APA Style: This style is exclusively for psychology and other social sciences. It is published by the American Psychological Association and gives a clear manual for how to write. Make sure to precisely follow the headings that this style uses and follow guidelines. 

Chicago Manual of Style: This style is for humanities classes like economics or history. It uses footnotes, endnotes and a bibliography at the end. If you have to use this style, plan to spend a little more time writing it because there are some serious guidelines when it comes to formatting it. Even with automatic citation style generators on the web, it can be tricky and will require manual labor, we promise. 

Writing an annotated bibliography

If you are thinking that you may want to buy a research outline mock-up, then you may want to consider either writing or doing an annotated bibliography as well.  An Annotated bibliography is a complimentary service to a research paper outline because it is simply “the next step” in completing your overall research paper. It is best to write the outline so that you have a solid game plan for how to write it and the bibliography with annotations merely explains how you are going to use your academic research. It may be time consuming, but it is all essential if you want to ensure that you get a good grade in the class. You can see a sample annotated bibliography to get an idea of what it should look like when it’s completed. Otherwise, you should plan on spending some time at the library and collecting all of your research. 

The real value of making an annotated bibliography is that it lets you know when a source is just waste or actually useful for your paper. Sometimes, you will have a minimum source requirement for research papers. It is a common practice to get sources just for the sake of having them. Well, an annotated bibliography makes you define the relevance and use of each source in your paper. This makes it a lot tougher to simply slide by with sources that don’t matter.

What NOT to do in a research outline

We have spent some time reviewing what you should do when you write or buy a research outline, but we haven’t covered the “DO NOT DO” list yet. So, here is a brief list of things to remember to avoid at all costs. 

  • Being too verbose and detailed: It is an outline and your professor expects a few words per line. Avoid making it too long.
  • Making it too short: If this is the plan for your research paper, then it needs to be long enough to actually plan it out.
  • Not using academic or peer reviewed sources: Professors will lost their mind over this. Make sure to use quality sources or you will have to re-write it and do the research over again. They have a low tolerance for this.
  • Not using proper evidence: This ties back into the last one. Make sure to back up your points and your thesis statement with concrete forms of evidence. Without it, your argument is just mush. 

While this list isn't comprehensive or complete, it is a very good start that will get you on the right track. Make sure to abide by the rules that we outlined here so that you have the best possible chance of doing well on your assignment. If not, then your professor may be forced to send you back to the drawing board for more research, and no one likes to do the same work over again. We know that. 

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