More than thirty databases can be accessed online (on the campus site or via the VPN). These databases offer quality scientific references, but may also contain the full text of publications or factual data.

You can also explore the databases specific to each disciplines of EPFL :

Architecture & urban planningChemistryEnvironmentCivil engineeringComputer and Communication sciencesManagement of technology & financial engineeringMathematicsPhysicsCriminal sciencesEngineering science and technologyLife sciences and technologySocial and human sciences

Art & Humanities Full Text

Discipline : Applied arts and cultural studies

Content type : Full-text publications taken from more than 400 publications (peer-reviewed journals, magazines)

Producer : ProQuest

Tutorial : ProQuest Libguides

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

Discipline : Architectural design

Content type : Full-text publications, literature references taken from more than 700 publications (journals, professional association publications)

Producer : ProQuest

Tutorial : ProQuest Libguides

Biomedical and Life Science Collection

Discipline : Medicine

Content type : Online courses and case studies

Producer : HSTalks

Tutorial : Quick start guide


Domaine : Multidisciplinary

Contenu : Scientific journals aggregator

Éditeur : Third Iron

Tutoriel : FAQ section

Building Types Online

Discipline : Architectural design

Content type : Thematic articles, almost 850 case studies, 5000 architectural drawings, 2000 building photographs

Producer : De Gruyter

Compendex – Engineering Village

Discipline : Engineering

Content type : Almost 19 millions literature references

Producer : Elsevier

Tutorial : Video tutorials
“Help” section


Discipline : Economy

Content type : Financial information (income statements, balance sheet, movements of funds) and statistics about companies

Producer : Wharton Research Data Services

Access conditions : Before connecting for the first time, register with an EPFL e-mail adress. Select “Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne” in the drop-down list

Tutorial : WRDS E-Learning

Center for Research in Security Prices

Discipline : Economy

Content type : Stock market information for NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ securities

Producer : Wharton Research Data Services

Access conditions : Before connecting for the first time, register with an EPFL e-mail adress. Select “Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne” in the drop-down list

Tutorial : WRDS E-Learning

Detail Inspiration

Discipline : Architecture

Content type : More than 3000 architectural projects carried out over the last 30 years and published in the magazine of the same name. Photographs, descriptive texts on the buildings, their plans and a selection of technical drawings are presented for each project

Producer : DETAIL


Discipline : Economy

Content type : Literature references and full-text publications

Producer : Ebsco

Tutorial : EBSCOhost Training & Promotion

InCites (JCR, ESI, World Data Set, Benchmark and analytical tool)

Discipline : Multidisciplinary

Content type : Analysis and benchmarking tools of scientific research compiling performance indicators (published articles in scientific journals per institution and per discipline, citations)

Access conditions : Before connecting for the first time, register on the registration page with an EPFL email adress.

Producer : Thomson Reuters

Tutorial : Video tutorials

Inspec – Engineering Village

Discipline : Physics, electrical engineering, electronic computing

Content type : Abstracts and literature references

Producer : Elsevier

Tutorial : Video tutorial
“Help” section

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts – LISTA

Discipline : Library science

Content type : Literature references covering the fields of bibliometrics, online information retrival and information management

Producer : Ebsco

Tutorial : EBSCOhost Training & Promotion

Materials Science Collection

Discipline : Materials

Content type : Full-text publications organised in thematic collections

Producer : ProQuest

Tutorial : ProQuest Libguides


Discipline : Mathematics

Content type : Abstracts, literature references and reviews. Several hundreds of thousands of entries are added every year

Producer : American Mathematical Society

Tutorial : MathSciNet tutorials

Nber Working Papers

Discipline : Economy

Content type : Results of research by the National Bureau of Economic Research made available to other economists to encourage discussion and suggestions for revision before publication

Producer : National Bureau of Economic Research

On Architecture

Discipline : Architecture

Content type : Detailed panorama of the world’s main authors, works, experiences and problematics related to the field of architecture. Original videos, such as interviews, buildings and installations, all of this enriched with a selection of complementary material -documents and audiovisuals- about the main authors and figures of contemporary architecture

Producer : Audiovisual archive for institutions

Oxford English Dictionary Online

Content type : English dictionnary

Producer : Oxford University Press

Tutorial : OED Quick start


Discipline : Psychology

Content type : American Psychological Association (APA) full-text publications

Producer : ProQuest

Tutorial : ProQuest Libguides


Discipline : Organic, organometallic and inorganic chemistry

Content type : Almost 16’000 journals, experimental facts, chemical formulas, propriétés physicochemical properties and experimental methods

Producer : Elsevier

Tutorial : FAQ

Research Professional

Discipline : Research funding

Content type : Information on funding opportunities and research policies

Producer : ResearchResearch Ltd

Tutorial : Getting started


Discipline : Chemistry

Content type : Interface for looking up the databases of the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) compiling literature references (CAplus), reactions descriptions (CASREACT), regulated chemicals (CHEMLIST), chemicals suppliers (CHEMCATS), chemical industry notes (CIN), chemical substances (CAS REGISTRY) and Markush structures (MARPAT)

Producer : Chemical Abstract Service

Access conditions : Before connecting for the first time, register on our registration page  with an EPFL email adress. Access restricted to EPFL staff and students in the context of training or research work of a non-commercial nature etc.

Tutorial : SciFinder Training Materials


Discipline : Science, technology, social sciences and arts

Content type : Abstracts et literature references covering the peer-reviewed literature. Contains strategic intelligence, analysis data visualization tools

Producer : Elsevier

Tutorial : Video tutorials

Springer Materials

Discipline : Materials, physics and engineering

Content type : Factual data directory (phase diagrams, crystal structures cristallines, corrosion data, thermophysical data, polymer thermodynamic data), full-text reference documents, literature references

Producer : SpringerNature

Tutorial : Tutorials and training sessions

Techniques de l’ingénieur

Discipline : Engineering

Content type : More than 10’000 full-text peer-reviewed education-oriented reference fact sheets and articles in French, as well as additional functionalities like a news magazine, online seminars and a multilingual technical dictionary

Producer : Editions TI

Tutorial : Video tutorials

Transfer Global Architecture

Discipline : Architecture

Content type : Articles exploring new ways to show and experiment with digital media architecture

Producer : Transfer


Discipline : Library science

Content type : Periodicals literature references directory

Producer : Serial Solutions

Tutorial : Video tutorial

Web of Science

Discipline : Multidisciplinary

Content type : Literature references platform containing the following by-products : Conference Proceedings Citation Index, Citation Connection and Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

Producer : Thomson Reuters

Tutorial : Video tutorial

Zentralblatt für Mathematik

Discipline : Mathematics

Content type : More than 3 millions literature references, Plus de 3 millions de références bibliographiques taken from journals and books, accompanied by abstracts or reviews

Producer : Springer

Tutorial : FAQ


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