Task Guidelines

Position Paper Guidelines

To be effective and persuasive, a position paper must take into account the most important information and ideas available.  The amount that one needs to know is defined by what is known and published, not by the amount of work one feels like doing.  Neither political candidates nor scholars can defend a mistaken position by claiming they did know about available research or ideas. Ignorance is a failure, not a defense.

The following outline suggests how to approach a position paper. Again, part of your problem is to judge what is most important to an issue.


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