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Information Literacy for your PhD: successfully search, use and manage scientific publications (504)


5 November 2018

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Thomas Henkel ; Laure Mellifluo


This seminar helps participants successfully search, manage and reuse the scientific information with which to begin their doctorate, or to update the publication list before they begin to write up their thesis.

General and specific search tools are addressed to enable the participants to better define the topic of their PhD thesis (has it already been covered?), to get to know their subject in depth (what is the state of the art in a particular field of research?), and to begin monitoring relevant scientific material (what are the latest publications on a topic?). The workshop introduces a reference management tool which permits the structured organization of the participant's documents and the easy citation of their sources.

We will also review current practices in bibliometrics and copyright law, with a view to participants' future publications.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the seminar participants will be able to:

  • find scientific publications effectively and efficiently
  • use a reference management tool
  • adapt their reuse of the sources of scientific information (texts, images, pictures, data) according to the different dissemination contexts of a document.


Pedagogical methods and logistics

We will alternate theoretical discussion with the practical use of different tools. The first half of the workshop will cover the search of scientific publications, and in the second we will look at reference management, bibliometrics and copyright essentials. For some sessions, the course is organized in two parallel groups (one group for Humanities and Social Sciences, another for Exact and Natural Sciences).

Participants will need to bring their own laptop configured with Wifi access for "Eduroam" and a VPN link already installed.


Intended audience

Doctoral candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Exact, Natural and Life Sciences, particularly those at the beginning of their doctoral research.


University of Lausanne


Date: Monday 5 November 2018

Schedule: 9:00 to 17:00

Location: University of Lausanne


Thomas Henkel holds a "Licence en lettres" and is responsible for information literacy instruction at University of Fribourg. He is a founding member and president of the Swiss universities' "Information Literacy" working group.

Laure Mellifluo is coordinator for public services and user training at the University of Geneva Library. She is specialized in information literacy teaching.


Participants are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train between the city of their university and the location of the workshop (half-fare card, 2nd class). A reimbursement form will be supplied to all registered participants for this workshop.



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