position_paper.doc 2/8/2011 How to Write a Position Paper The purpose of a position paper is to generate support on an issue. It describes a position on an issue and the rational for that position. The position paper is based on facts that provide a solid foundation for your argument.1In the position paper you should: xUse evidence to support your position, such as statistical evidence or dates and events. xValidate your position with authoritative references or primary source quotations. xExamine the strengths and weaknesses of your position. xEvaluate possible solutions and suggest courses of action. Choose an issue where there is a clear division of opinion and which is arguable with facts and inductive reasoning. You may choose an issue on which you have already formed an opinion. However, in writing about this issue you must examine your opinion of the issue critically.2Prior to writing your position paper, define and limit your issue carefully. Social issues are complex with multiple solutions. Narrow the topic of your position paper to something
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