Published by Allison Wignall October 31, Published by Rose Scott July 6, Flickr user Jisc The end of each semester or the whole academic year usually requires writing at least one research paper. For many students, it means sleepless nights, stress and a lot of work. But does it have to be that way?
A Formula for the Perfect Position Paper: As a young and eager new delegate, I used to put all of my effort into writing a perfect position paper, spending weeks compiling every fact I could about the topics.
In short, I found myself spending hours on end just sifting through the information I uncovered in my research and constructing it into a paper. While it made for a formidable amount of knowledge, as I advanced in my high school tenure and became more and more busy, this method of research became increasingly impractical.
As a result, I came up with this formula to target my research and make my papers detailed and complete, but also quick and painless to write. Without further ado, I present to you my guide on writing the perfect position paper, without spending an excessive amount of time researching: My research used to come in volumes.
This means that, for delegates who want research awards or simply want to know where to concentrate their efforts, the best option is the solution-focused paper. In this form of position paper, the four general sections still apply, but the paper itself is geared toward building a cohesive flow into your solutions.
If done correctly, not only will your paper be concise, complete, and organized, but you will find your proposed solutions section much simpler to write. Topic Background Most Common Pitfall: The epic novel—I love exploring my topic.
I like to know everything about what is happening, who is involved, and what other issues it is linked with. But while this is great knowledge to have in committee, not all of it belongs in your position paper. The name of the game is clear and concise, as this section can easily grow out of hand without revealing any knowledge or skill on your part.
For help with choosing the most relevant information, see the formula below. The topic background section can easily become a nightmare of irrelevant facts and extensive history. Using this formula can drastically reduce the amount of time you spend navigating this section.
The goal of this section is not to reflect the past, but project the future. That being said, this section should focus on analyzing trends in where the issue appears and identifying obstacles to resolving it.
Break it down—One of the most important things you can set up in this section is sub-issues. By breaking the issue down into smaller topics, you make the initial problem more manageable and have more targeted goals to frame your solutions. My Formula Name at least three regions or nations in which the issue is most pronounced.
Name at least two things these regions or nations have in common that could be the source of the issue. Name three relevant historical events that led up to the issue. Three sub-issues associated with the topic.
See our article on Framing For each sub-issue, explain what the deterrent has been in resolving it. Can the UN not enter the nation? Is there too little stability? A lack of education? What factors have made this issue so prominent and difficult to solve? Often times the most significant information in this section will come from broader action plans or collaborative efforts taken by regional bodies or NGOs.
Turning this into a paragraph about past resolutions greatly limits the options you can explore. Listing—Many delegates place so much focus on compiling a strong list of resolutions that pertain to the topic, that they pass over the analysis part, which is the real purpose of this section.
Instead of providing a vast quantity of actions, choose a few significant resolutions or action plans and dig into the reasons these plans may have succeeded or failed.
This will be the precedent by which you will frame your own solutions to the issue. Explore failures as well as successes—Many position papers place the focus of this section on what has been done about the issue.
While it is important to understand what plans are already in place, it is equally beneficial to understand what ideas have failed and why.
In the case of resolutions, a failed resolution is just as important as a passed one. In the case of the violence in Syria, a UNSC directive supported by the majority of the committee was double vetoed by China and Russia. This is a fairly forceful action that should be taken into account when you consider your own solutions.
Two unique, significant action plans implemented by the UN or other international bodies.The research paper outline is essential for any article or term paper. The outline may make a great difference on how your work is interpreted.
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