When conducting research for your IQP, it is important to consult a wide variety of resources, including peer-reviewed articles, books, newspapers, government reports, NGO reports, and association websites.
Use the links below to find tips on finding the following types of sources:
Looking at past IQPs can help you find inspiration for your project. You can also use the Reference Lists in past IQPs to find helpful sources for your research.The library collects projects from 1999-present. Find them by searching the Projects tab on the Library Homepage.
For more recent IQPs and MQPs (projects from the past term), search the WPI Electronic Projects Collection: https://web.wpi.edu/E-project-db/E-project-search/search.
When searching for peer-reviewed articles, a good rule of thumb is to search in at least three different databases. Results, display, and search features differ from database to database so you may miss critical articles if you use just one.
Some great places to start your research are Summon and Google Scholar, which are interdisciplinary resources. For discipline-specific research, browse our Subject Guides to find databases and other online resources that relate to your topic. If you know the name of a database you wish to search, such as JSTOR or ScienceDirect, go to our A-Z List of Databases.
To find peer reviewed articles in Summon, type your keywords into the Summon search box, and then choose the Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed and Journal Article filters on the left.
Books and e-books can provide helpful background information on your topic and your geographic region. To find books, type your keywords into Summon, and then select the Book / eBook filter on the left side:
Newspapers provide information about current events, and local newspapers provide an important perspective on your topic.
To find newspaper articles in Summon, type your keywords into the search box and then select the Newspaper Article filter on the left.
For more newspaper resources, check out the Newspapers Guide.
Some websites that may help get started with your IQP research include:
Google Search Tips: