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Alternatives to Research Papers
This list scratches the surface of how to integrate research into courses without papers. Check out the left sidebar for more ideas. Have a great idea for this list? Share it with us! Students can:
- Create an introductory guide or pathfinder on a topic.
- Find reviews of a book, article, or other cultural text from the time it was published. Have students critique the scholarly impact of the work using the reviews and modern articles that build upon the author's ideas.
- Examine the literature of a particular discipline in order to determine how information is compiled, disseminated, and evaluated. Have students discuss how credibility is constructed in a particular field.
- Conduct oral histories and use primary and scholarly sources to provide a framework for context and analysis.
- Create a timeline in order to trace key moments in a scholarly conversation or in a scholar's career.
- Compile a research proposal/grant proposal that contains an outline of their topic and a clearly articulated research strategy.
Getting additional assistance
If you find you would like additional support regarding integrating IL outcomes, activities, and assignments, don't hesitate to:
1. Contact a librarian for collaboration
2. Invite a librarian to class for a hands-on research session
3. Survey other school's materials