The next step for your project is your annotated outline. An annotated outline is a descriptive outline of your project. The purpose of this for our projects is to develop and organize your ideas before beginning any full project drafts. This helps you keep your ideas organized. It also helps you explore and 'test' your ideas before you commit to the full-blown project. This, in turn, should help you further refine your project.
- Project formatting:
- Layout: 1" margins with 1/2" paragraph indentation, double-spaced, 12-point Times Roman font.
- Note: Microsoft's default margins are 1.25" — you must change this (from the "File" menu, select "Page Setup...").
- All printed pages must be stapled (neatly, in the upper-left corner).
- Document format: Word or WordPerfect (or 'RTF') only.
- File name: Course number + "AO" and your last name(s). Examples — 4113AOSmith.doc, or 3122AOSmith_Jones.wpd.
- The top of your first page begins with a working title followed by "Annotated Outline", your name(s) in alphabetical order, the course number. Do not use a separate title page.
- You must explicitly mention half or more of the sources you used in your Annotated Bibliography. The purpose of this is to show me how you will use these sources. You may (should!) mention additional sources (gathered since your Annotated Bibliography was submitted). All sources you use must be properly cited in your outline. They must also be properly referenced at the end of your outline (properly alphabetized, APA style).
- Note: You will lose 1/2 point for each reference from your bibliography, beyond half, not used in your outline.
- You must create sections for your paper (see Project Component #3 from the Guidelines page — the page you came from to get here!). This constitutes the basic outline of your paper. Be sure to include any appropriate sub-sections (e.g., if you have Background section, you might have sub-sections for several election years, or sub-sections for several committees or congresses, or sub-sections for several presidential administrations or cabinet departments.
- Note: Section headings should be in Bold type. Sub-section headings should Italicized.
- For each section and sub-section of your outline, write a paragraph or more describing and summarizing that section or sub-section. Be sure to include properly cited discussions of the works that are important to these sections. In the long run, you will be glad you did this because a good annotated outline will give you a clear view of where your project is headed (and maybe more importantly, it will give you a chance to change direction where needed).
- Note: The conclusion derived from your Annotated Bibliography should serve as the starting point for your descriptions. Your introduction and any background sections should point you toward the thesis you developed in the Annotated Bibliography.
Click here f or a SAMPLE of what your Annotated Outline should look like.
This is what your annotated outline should look like: