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Formulaire de recherche

Finding Scientific Articles

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In order to find relevant and diverse information on a given subject, random keyword searching on Google is not sufficient. Elaborating a search strategy is a proven, classic approach that can be used in different databases.

The classic method for finding information on a given subject involves multiple steps. This guide, designed by librarians, describes these steps and presents the criteria needed to evaluate the documents retrieved.

*The research method suggested in this guide was inspired by Kuhlthau's process described in her book, Seeking Meaning: A Process Approach to Library and Information Sciences (GEN Z 711 K84 1993).


Searching databases allows you to find various materials such as journal articles, conference papers, dissertations, technical standards, patents, etc. 

You can also restrict your searching to a specific document type.

Webinar on searching for articles

The notions presented in this guide are also discussed during this webinar "Advanced searching for articles", presented by Brendan Fitzgibbon, librarian at Polytechnique Montreal.

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