Faculty Advisor

Drew, Christine M

Faculty Advisor

Heinricher, Arthur C.


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.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences