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Education: Position Papers

Position Papers

Position papers advocate for a particular argument or view. They often use academic conventions like researching prior literature and citing authors correctly. Common components of a good position paper:

  • Found in a peer-reviewed (scholarly) journal, and/or published by organizations related to the topic.
  • Divided into sections with names like:
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Arguments
    • Conclusion
    • References (Bibliography)

Find Position Papers

1. Start with Education Source, our primary education database.

2. Click the Choose Database link near the top of the screen.

Choose Databases link in EBSCO

3. Select ERIC, a free governmental database that you can also search through EBSCO simultaneously with Education Source. Select any other databases that may be relevant such as SPORTDiscus, PsycINFO, or Gender Studies.

4. For your first search term, enter position paper

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5. Select Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals

6. Enter more search terms as needed.