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).

Calendar of Activities

Complete calendar of Library activities and links for registration

Information Literacy

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.

Other resources

  • 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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