In collaboration with Polytechnique’s professors, the Library develops the information literacy skills of students, by offering dedicated training sessions.

"To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (Association of College & Research Libraries, 1989).


CAP7005E Workshop (Handling of Scientific and Technical Information) – 1 credit training for graduate students

The Library is involved in all four sessions of this workshop developed for PhD students. Its main objectives are to help research-based master and doctoral students:

  • Become proficient in the methods and tools recommended for producing a scientific literature review;
  • Learn about the methods and tools recommended for producing a technical literature review;
  • Strategically analyze the information obtained.

Training sessions for undergraduate students

The Library provides one training class or period each session for the following undergraduate courses:

  • CIV1910: Projet d’analyse expérimentale d’ouvrages civils
  • CIV3930: Projet de caractérisation avec GPS et GIS
  • ELE3000: Projet personnel en génie électrique
  • GBM1100: Projets et travail en équipe en génie biomédical
  • GBM3100: Projet individuel en génie biomédical
  • GCH1122: Introduction à la conception en génie chimique
  • GCH2550: Projet de modélisation numérique
  • GCH3100C: Projets d’opérations unitaires
  • INF1040: Introduction à l’ingénierie informatique
  • PHS1903: Projet initial de conception en génie physique

 Information literacy training on request

A period of library instruction during a course can be offered at the request of a faculty member.

One-off workshops

  • EndNote workshop

This three-hour workshop is offered regularly for the Polytechnique community in French and English.

Participants learn to create a personal reference library and import references from bibliographic databases. They also learn how to insert references into Word documents and automatically create bibliographies in more than 1000 scientific styles.

  • BibTeX and plus (Zotero, LaTeX) workshop

This three-hour workshop is also offered regularly for the Polytechnique community in French and English.

The participants learn how to use BibTeX to create bibliographies in LaTeX documents, and how to manage bibliographic references effortlessly with Zotero and produce files containing references in BibTeX format.

  • Library discovery workshop

Available to all members of the Polytechnique community, this workshop offers basic training in using the Library’s resources and services. Usually offered at the beginning of each session.

For the upcoming one-off workshops’ dates, please check the Activity Calendar of the Library, Polytechnique's Calendar, the News section of the Library website or the Library Facebook page.

  • "Trouver des articles" 

This 50 minute workshop, available to all members of the Polytechnique community, allows the participants to explore databases to find useful and relevant articles.

    • Databases presentation
    • How to build a research strategy
    • How to search by keywords 
    • How to search by citations
  • Intensive Communal Writing Session

The Library and the AECSP invite graduate students to an intensive communal writing session to practice an effective writing method and to break the sense of isolation experienced by graduate students. The session starts with a short presentation on the pomodoro technique and the SMART objectives, followed by 3 x 50 minutes of writing, according to a format developed by Thèsez-vous?.


  • General Guides

The Library develops guides on various topics of interest in science and engineering for all community. These Guides by Subject provide access to essential and reliable information sources. The Library website also provides guides on other important subjects, such as APA and IEEE Citation Guide / Avoiding Plagiarism.

  • Topic-Specific Guides

A guide on a particular topic, produced by a librarian, can be a substitute for information literacy training in classroom. This guide can be posted by the professor on the course website. As an example, for the course GCH4125 - Conception et synthèse des procédés, the Library developed a guide on the resources for economic information in chemical engineering, which is available on the course website.

  • Individual Consultations

Offered by library technicians of the Reference Service during Library hours. Depending on the complexity of the query, users can be referred to a librarian for an in-depth consultation (e.g., final project).

To know more about information literacy:

Association of College & Research Libraries. (1989). Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report. Retrieved from

Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

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