More research paper alternatives

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A recent Chronicle of Higher Education piece urges us to “keep the ‘research,’  ditch the ‘paper” ” (Bousquet, 2014, A25).  Where can we find alternatives to the research paper?

The Plattsburgh tip sheet (Heller-Ross, 2004) offers a number of possible assignments.  Davis and Shadle (2000) explore four alternatives in depth.  Powell (2012) describes an option suited to her field.

This is not the first time I’ve discussed research paper alternatives.  I also will not go so far as a blanket condemnation of research papers.  Still, having more alternatives in mind can help us choose the research assignment that best meets our objectives.


Bousquet, M. (2014, February 14). Keep the ‘research,’ ditch the ‘paper.’ Chronicle of Higher Education, 60(22), A25-A26

Davis, R., & Shadle, M. (2000). “Building a mystery”: Alternative research writing and the academic act of seeking. College Composition and Communication, 51(3), 417-446. doi: 10.2307/358743

Heller-Ross, H. (2004). Reinforcing information and technology literacy: The Plattsburgh tip sheet. College & Research Libraries News, 65(6), 321-325. Retrieved from

Powell, V. (2012). Revival of the position paper: Aligning curricula and professional competencies. Communication Teacher, 26(2), 96-103. doi: 10.1080/17404622.2011.643805