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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Alternate Plan Paper

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Alternate Plan Paper

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The alternate plan paper is oriented toward the use of secondary research.  Related literature examining the breadth and length of the problem is critically reviewed and evaluated to provide a thorough, extensive, academic orientation to a problem. The selection, discussion and evaluation of the available literature on the topic should provide the background for the student to summarize and draw sound conclusions, to develop alternative recommendations for the solution to the research problem, to suggest strengths and weaknesses of the available data, and to indicate directions for future research.

Research for the alternate plan paper (APP) may be less extensive than research required for a thesis. However, the research should be significantly greater in quality and quantity than for the standard graduate term paper. Students need approval from their advisor and, if required, an examining committee, for all APP projects. If the research involves human subjects, the student must obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Please see research involving human participants.

It is the responsibility of the individual professor who supervises the writing, the student's major adviser, and the examining committee to require work of acceptable quality and sufficient scope.The alternate plan paper is not submitted to the College of Graduate Studies and Research, and a bound copy of the APP will not be kept in the Memorial Library.  Students are therefore encouraged to submit the final approved version of their alternate plan papers to Cornerstone for inclusion in the APP collection.  For information on how to submit an APP to Cornerstone, please visit the webpage or contact the Digital Initiatives Librarian.


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