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.
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 WPI Library Search 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 WPI Library Search, type your keywords into the Summon search box, and then choose the Peer-Reviewed Journals filter 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 WPI Library Search, click on Resource Type on the left, and then select the Books filter:
Newspapers provide information about current events, and local newspapers provide an important perspective on your topic.
To find newspaper articles in WPI Library Search, type your keywords into the search box, click on Resource Type on the left, and then select the Newspaper Articles filter:
For more newspaper resources, check out the Newspapers Guide.
Some websites that may help get started with your IQP research include:
Google Search Tips: