Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Archives and Special Collections Department collects, houses, and preserves artifacts and historical records that chronicle the University’s history since its establishment in 1865, as well as other manuscripts, rare books, art, and other collections.

Student projects are an important part of these collections. The Gordon Library has sponsored student projects, and members of the library staff have served as co-advisors on Interactive Qualifying Projects (IQPs). Notable examples of WPI student projects include a Master's Thesis, a Great Problems Seminar paper, IQP reports, a Major Qualifying Project (MQP) report, and Sufficiency reports.

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Submissions from 2017

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ProtoFoisie -- Prototyping the Usage of the Foisie Innovation Studio, Morgan Nichole Mitchell

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Revised Atari Collection and Maintenance Policies of the WPI Gordon Library, Sean Patrick Welch

Submissions from 2016

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Academic Library Design, Rania A. Attalla and John Patrick Connors

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Elevating Impact of Library Research and Instructional Services, Elizabeth A. Hansen, Austin J. Higgins, and Austin Joseph Kosin

Submissions from 2015

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Assessing and Improving Information Literacy Skills of WPI Students in the Humanities and Arts Project Seminar, Lindsey Taylor Gallagher, Meghan L. Lutz, and Anthony J. Ward

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Lighting Study of the George C. Gordon Library, Edward J. Jarvis and Amanda L. Varrichione

Submissions from 2012

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Research Habits of WPI Project Teams, Daniel Edward Foley, Joshua Curtis Mann, Jerone Tedroy Mitchell, and David James Moulton

Submissions from 2011

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Assessing First-year Information Literacy at WPI, Kien Vinh Dao, Gary Scott Katzoff, Benjamin L. Lipson, and Binh Thanh Pham

Submissions from 2010

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Assessing First-Year Information Literacy Skills, Madison J. Dickson, Ben LaVerriere, and Michael J. Oliver

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Design of a Rooftop Photovoltaic Array for the George C. Gordon Library at Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Structural, Thermal, and Performance Analysis, Jamie Mayer

Submissions from 2009

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Digitizing Thoreau, Jarrett Randall Arredondo and Francis P. Collins

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A City of Words: The Worcester Writers Project, Julia Josefina Berg

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Gordon Library's Energy Efficiency Plan, Jian Mao, Ryan Mocadlo, Ryan Shooshan, and Lauren Waring

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City Of Words, Davis Nguyen

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City of Words: Worcester Writers Project, Jarred J. Raymond

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Worcester Writers, David Jeffery Shaw

Submissions from 2008

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Library Game Suite Proposal, Dana Richard Asplund, Khemarith Kang, Christopher P. Moniz, and Jason Stasik

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Library Game Suite Proposal, Dana Richard Asplund, Khemarith Kang, Christopher P. Moniz, and Jason Stasik

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Feeding The World: The Impact of Theo Brown and John Deere, Michael Lewis Blackwell-Tompkins, Steven Danley, Christopher R. Egan, Jacob H. Saffron, and Derek James Silsby

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Analysis of Sprinkler use in a Library Stack Room Using Fire Dynamics Simulator, Ryan S. LaFalam, Jennifer L. Moseley, and Ryan Thomann

Submissions from 2007

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Podcasts for Information Literacy at the Gordon Library, Matthew Clive Heslop and Brendon M. Willey

Submissions from 2006

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Establishing a Collection of Video Game Ephemera, Matthew Arnold, Nikki Benecke, and Brendan Perry

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Canterbury Shaker Village Preservation Project, Joseph E. Carr and Elisabeth A. Drenzek

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The Game Archives Project, Eric Sutman, Montana Foertsch, and Brandon Germain

Submissions from 2005

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An Exhibit on the History of Story in Games, Michael C. Leonardo, David M. Hickman, Matthew J. Girouard, and Nicholas E. Bonatsakis

Submissions from 2004

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Web Publication and Display of Literature, Paul R. Tyler

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Family Matters -- An Examination of Worcester's Woodbury and Co. and its Contribution to the Printing Industry, Jacob M. Varney

Submissions from 2003

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Worcester Area Poets, Tara M. Ellsworth, Kathleen E. Joyce, and Vickie J. Wu

Submissions from 2002

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Worcester Authors on the Web, Michael Dashnau LeBarron, Andrea Christian Hubbard, and James P. Hanlan

Submissions from 2000

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Henry David Thoreau and Science: A Two Towers Tradition, Mike Los, Jim Lund, and Dan O'Brien