My Topic is Shakespeare’s sonnets, and my research question is What ideas of love, friendship, and marriage are displayed in Shakespearean sonnets, such as 30, 55, and 116?

 I choose Shakespeare’s sonnets because I want to know more about him.

1.  Write the thesis statement of your research paper. Be sure to write it in one or two complete sentences.

2.  Write a formal outline for your research paper. Include topics, subtopics, and details so that the reader gains a clear idea of the contents of your paper. Use your organized notes as a basis for your outline. Remember to begin with a title and to follow all the formatting rules. You may refer to the Making a Formal Outline pages to help with the format. 

3.  List three or more sources that you are using for your research paper. At least one should be a print source. One may be an encyclopedia. Provide all the information you included on your bibliography cards. Do not include the source for the poems or stories that you are interpreting as one of the three sources.