PhD students

As of October 2018, the EPFL Library offers short training sessions (2 or 2.5 hrs) on various topics at the heart of PhD students and researchers’ concerns. A practical and interactive approach is privileged. All training sessions are given in English.

Next dates

November 06 2018 – Publishers’ contracts: Welcome to hell

Signing a contract with a publisher is supposed to be a rewarding step: your work is getting published! However, the understanding of a contract is less enjoyable, between very specialized terms and ambiguous sentences.
At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the key elements of a contract
  • Understand the rights you keep and the ones you waive when you sign a contract
  • Communicate with a publisher if you are willing to negotiate

Register now!
Hours: 9.30 am – 12 pm
Room: RLC A1 230

November 27 2018 – Stay away from Plagiarism!

In collaboration with the Teaching Support Center (CAPE)

The aim of this workshop is to help participants identify and eliminate text, images and codes that may be interpreted as plagiarism to the PhD supervisor, an expert or a journal reviewer. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between incorrect referencing and plagiarism
  • Use i-thenticate to correct your text in order to eliminate potential cases of plagiarism
  • Appreciate the value of learning to referencing correctly when drafting a text

Register now!
Hours: 9.30 am – 12 pm
Room: CO 120

December 05 2018 – Collaborative writing platforms

Working in groups with collaborative writing platforms will save you a lot of time! Do you use LaTeX? Do you want to be able to work offline? Do you want to save your work at different stages?
At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • To choose the best fit among various platforms
  • To use one of the platforms and know its main features

Register now!
Hours: 9.30 am – 12 pm
Room: RLC A1 230

December 6, 2018 – Up to Speed with Zotero

This workshop is for people who want to start using Zotero, a free tool that enables to collect, organize and share bibliographic references. Zotero spares its users from spending troublesome hours on the creation of a bibliography. Very useful for anyone who writes reports or theses, Zotero will be useful all along the curriculum and beyond.

Register now!
Hours: 9.30 am – 11.30 am
Room: RLC A1 230

January 24, 2018 – Citation best practices

Citing correctly requires the acquisition of the right habits. This workshop will walk you through various citation cases that you may encounter during the writing process of reports or publications. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the stakes of citation
  • Reuse different types of content without committing plagiarism
  • Cite correctly your sources, within the text and in the bibliography

Register now!
Hours: 9.30 am – 11:30 am
Room: RLC A1 230

Other topics of expertise

We plan to offer more trainings soon on the following other topics of expertise of the Library:

  • Information retrieval methodology
  • Specialised information resources
  • Information tracking on a specific topic
  • Authorship and contributorship
  • Copyright and Creative Commons licenses
  • Article submissions
  • Peer-review process
  • Research data management : how to write a Data Management Plan, reuse data, store your data

If you want us to schedule a training on one of these topics, please contact us at formations.bib@epfl.ch.

Course for chemists during the autumn semester

A 6-hour course is available for PhD students in chemistry. It generally takes place from November to January. For a detailed description, please consult the course resumé.

Special issues

Module 3 tailored for SpaRTaN-MacSeNet ITN workshop on November 18, 2016

course notes [source – CC BY-SA] [PDF version]

Module on Research Data Management tailored for SpaRTaN-MacSeNet ITN workshop on November 18, 2016

course notes [source – CC BY-SA] [PDF version]

Summer School “Open Science In Practice” 2017 workshops

Copyright agreement workshop [source – CC BY] [version PDF]

Data Management Plan workshop [online – CC BY-SA]

Deposit your data workshop [PDF version]