What should be included in an outline for writing a case study?


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An outline for a case study includes a statement for the problem at the top of the outline. The explanations for the problem statement that are not easy to deduce are added in subheadings underneath that. The next heading includes the thesis statement, or purpose of the paper. The subheadings outline the details of the solution to the previously stated problem.

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Each heading after the thesis contains individual theories that support the purpose of the case study. Under these, the subheadings list the key terms or ideas of the theory. These headings are followed with three or four headings that explain the writer's research methods. The subheadings for these explain the variables, constants and steps taken during the research process.

The two or three central findings produced by the case study go into the next set of headings. These are the products of the application of the theory to the case study. The subheadings show how these findings support the thesis statement. End the outline with a conclusion heading that is a sentence or two summarizing the problem, thesis and theories.

Each of the main points is listed beside an uppercase Roman numeral. The problem is next to the Roman numeral "I," the thesis is next to "II" and so on. The subheadings are uppercase letters listed alphabetically. If there is further subtext needed, alternate between letters and numbers, with "1" coming next, and "a" under that.

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