Finding an Explicit Sample Outline for a Research Paper in MLA Format

MLA stands for Modern Language Association and humanity and liberal arts students usually use this format.  Making an outline in this format can be a little complicated if you don’t know how to do it but I will tell you how to create one and where to find samples to better aid you in making one.

How To

The setup for this outline is very simple and should have all of this in it.

  • You need to have a header in the right hand side of the outline that has you last name and page number.
  • Next, you will put your name, teacher’s name, class, and date.  These are to be on separate lines for each.
  • Next, you will center the word Outline and underneath that you will put your title.
  • Then, you will put your thesis after the title. 
  • Now, you can start outlining your ideas.  You use roman numerals for your main title and capital letters for you subtitles.  If your subtitle has more to it you can use numbers for those subtitles.
  • This is the basic setup for writing an outline, if you still don’t know how to do it you can use samples for a reference and I will tell you where you can find them.

Where to Find Samples

Finding samples for this kind of outline is very easy. 

  • You can use the internet to find samples of a MLA outline.  Most college and university sites have examples of them on it. 
  • If you use this format a lot you can go and buy a book that explains the entire MLA format.  They have samples of papers and outlines that you can use for reference.  This could also come in handy if you were somewhere where the internet might not be available. 
  • Another option is templates you can use, along with the samples to ensure that you are doing it right. 

Samples have been used for a long time to give people a visual of what something should look like and with the evolution of the internet; it is easier to find this information.  Just keep in mind, that you look for samples from an accredited source because you don’t want samples that are wrong.