Training for high-school students

Students and teachers of high schools are welcome at the EPFL Library. Registration is free of charge and possible for anyone. Registered readers (free registration) benefit from access to the SLSP network which brings together the collections of more than 475 scientific libraries in Switzerland. 

Individual support for dissertation (travail de maturité)

The EPFL Library also offers, on appointment, individual support for the Travail de Maturité in the context of searching for information. Accompanied by a librarian, the various printed and electronic resources available at EPFL are reviewed: BEAST catalog discovery tool, eBooks, databases, encyclopaedias … We address search methods on the web that help the students find relevant information, and options for refining and filtering the search. Training is tailored to the TM subject, for individual students or in small groups.

Support for groups with their dissertations (travaux de maturité)

The EPFL Library inducts high-school students as well as their teachers who are responsible for the Travaux de Maturité (TM) in scientific and technical fields. Organised activities allow pupils to familiarise themselves with scientific and technical sources of information. This induction is in line with the promotion of EPFL Bachelor courses which lead to different engineering disciplines. This measure is offered in the same spirit as the Information Days for high-school students, or sponsorship of TM by some EPFL laboratories, and allows the pupil to put himself in the shoes of a researcher who needs to harness information in order to progress in his project.

After induction of his class at the EPFL Library, a pupil

• is able to optimise searching on Google;
• is aware of the limited validity of information found on the internet;
• can cite three scientific and technical web search engines other than Google.

Practical information

Induction of classes is possibly only during the periods between semesters. We would ask you to contact the Library at least two weeks in advance in order to set a date during these periods.

Also kindly send us on the field of study for which the teacher is responsible and /or some TM subjects of the class so that we can offer targeted activities.
We will offer a workshop on searching for information relevant to the TM, followed by a brief tour of the Library (with registration at the Library for those pupils who wish).

Duration: 1h30 approximately