You need to have a system to sort and select from your copious amounts of research materials. Some examples that people use are bibliography cards, or organizing by alphabetical order on a spreadsheet for later reference. Keep your notes in an organized system as well. Some scholars number all their references and then use the numbers whenever citing the reference. It’s simple to go back later and insert the full reference where the numbers indicate it.
Outline and prospectus
You must convey to the reader why your thesis is significant. Why is your material relevant to supporting the thesis? Was it carefully chosen to back up your topic? What kind of plan will do the best job in supporting your purpose? Organize your outline in chronological order of events or else in specific steps that make sense to your topic. If the body is 5 paragraphs in length, then each paragraph could be a separate and succinct supporting idea to your thesis. They all should work together to support your paper.
Writing the paper
Use your outline as a guide. The outline guides you as to what to write next and where to place all your research. The conclusion should be a summary of all the paragraphs in the body. It wraps up all the loose ends for the reader. It’s the last thing your audience reads and therefore the most memorable.