Researching your topic is the most valuable way to prepare for debate. By being more knowledgeable about the issue, you will not only come up with more realistic solutions, but will also impress your chair and fellow delegates. We suggest you tackle the task in these 7 steps:
- 1. Read your committee’s topic synopsis
Our chairs have worked hard to inform you about the most useful events, documents, and participants involved. Take it as a guideline for further research.
- 2. Review the Questions to Consider
By finding answers to these questions, you will be able to engage in the conversation in debate and streamline your research. Be prepared to answer these questions in the sections of your paper, the contents of your speech, or the discussions in committee.
- 3. Look into the Suggested Sites
Your chairs thoughtfully listed websites which might help you understand the topic. However, do not stop at those. Explore those newspapers or historical sites, and look for similar articles. Keep track of what you visit by copying and pasting the weblink to a document. It will help you when it comes time to format your bibliography! Make sure all of your sources are credible. *Note: Wikipedia is NOT a credible source, nor are blogs, forums, or websites with unpublished material. For help formatting your bibliography, visit citationmachine.net
- 4. Take notes of key details (events, people, organizations, countries, documents)
Make an outline of the important details so you are sure to include them in your paper. It will aid you in organizing the sections of your paper and help you from plagiarizing, as your chair will be checking for that.
- 5. Explain in your own words the information requested in the Position Paper Guide.
Be as specific as possible with correct dates, titles and most importantly, examples! Feel free to be a little creative. Your chairs want to hear your knowledge and voice.
- 6. Review and edit your paper
Cut out extra words and add as much useful information as possible. This might require more research to add examples and details where needed.
- 7. Refine and finish
Make sure your paper is properly formatted with a heading in the top left corner. Visit citationmachine.net to get your bibliography formatted. Review one last time for spelling or grammatical errors. Then turn in your paper by following the directions carefully!