First Advisor

Arthur C Heinricher

Second Advisor

Christine Drew

Sponsors

Gordon Library

Date

2012

Abstract

This study analyzed the research techniques and efficiency of Interactive Qualifying Project teams at WPI. The relevance and reliability of the sources found were evaluated and compared to those found by a research expert to define a measure of research efficiency. The results showed that the quality of the sources found by the students compared favorably with those found by the expert. Most project teams followed the same basic search strategy, using tools such as Summon, Google Scholar, and Google. Few teams used advanced search techniques or specialized databases and often gave up if the full text of the article was not easily available. The results of the study identified areas of focus for research training programs for the Gordon Library at WPI.

Keywords

Gordon Library; Interactive Qualifying Project

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Course

IQP

Format

application/pdf

Type

Text

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