After completing the annotated bibliography, the first step to writing a long essay is to organize your information into categories. I generally do this by:
- Highlighting the information on my sources that I am going to use.
- Creating headings to organize the information.
- Writing each piece of information onto a notecard.
- Separate notecards by heading.
The next step is to use the categorized information to create an outline. Each main heading of an outline (greek numbers) should be the heading of its own paragraph. Below the heading, use the separate information on each of the notecards to write a supporting detail to the heading. The more you indent beneath the main topic, the more specific the details get. Here is an example: