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!
Appropriate for 100-level courses:
- Have students compile an annotated bibliography on a particular topic and justify why they selected each item.
- Have students review and comment on each others' bibliographies.
- Have students compare and contrast the treatment of a topic using scholarly, popular, and trade sources.
- Have students create an introductory guide or pathfinder on a topic
Appropriate for 200-level courses:
- Have students write a critique on an article and provide supporting documentation for their argument.
- Have students 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.
- Have students find reviews of a book or article 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.
- Have students conduct oral histories and use primary and scholarly sources to provide a framework for context and analysis.
- Have students create a timeline in order to trace key moments in a scholarly conversation or in a scholar's career.