ENG-619 / 1 credit

Teacher: Borel Alain

Language: English

Remark: Next time Fall 2021


Every year


The course covers the essential chemical databases and search engines available at EPFL. New PhD students will acquire the skills to efficiently use these tools and the chemical literature, and apply these skills to their own research topics.



Bibliographic databases

Chemical information

Learning Prerequisites

Important concepts to start the course

General information literacy topics are addressed by other EPFL Library PhD modules (Web of Science & other databases, citation management, Open Access...)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Select appropriately a tool for for a given information search
  • Use this tool to locate the desired information
  • Use the available library and IT services to access this information

Assessment methods

Personal report on searches relevant to PhD projects



Currano, J. Chemical Information for Chemists: A Primer; RSC: Cambridge, 2014.

Ridley, D. D. Information Retrieval: SciFinder ®; 2nd ed.; Wiley: Chichester, 2009.

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

  • Number of places: 24
  • Exam form: Project report (session free)
  • Subject examined: Information literacy for chemists
  • Lecture: 11 Hour(s)
  • Exercises: 4 Hour(s)
  • Practical work: 5 Hour(s)

Reference week