An outline consists of the basic information needed for a paper. You condense the details into simple phrases and statements in order to create a picture of the topic at a glace. The outline usually consists of Roman Numbers, capital letters, numbers, and lowercase letters. The format is like this.
I. Main Heading
The main headings will contain the basic parts of the paper, such as introduction, main points, and conclusion. The subpoints are the points within the heading, and details are explanations of those.