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Interlibrary loans: Search Help

Tips for searching

Here are some search tips you can use before requesting in item via ILL:

  • Look up your document in Sofia by using the advance search.
  • Search first in Google Scholar. A simple search in Google Scholar will allow you to find some information about your document and even maybe be able to access it full-text.

  • If you are looking for Proceedings, look on the conference host website. More often then not, past proceedings are available for free on these sites and can be downloaded. You can also use resources like ProQuest or Compendex.
  • If you are looking for a dissertation, look on the university library website where the author has graduated. For Polytechnique's students, dissertation can be found in PolyPublie.
  • Don't hesitate to visit our Databases page to look for your article in one of those. As a member of the Polytechnique communauty, you have access to these databases for free.

Search tips in Sofia:

  • When searching in Sofia, don't include stopwords like "a", "the", "and" as they will slow your search. 
  • A truncation is automatically applied. For example : « global » will also bring you « globalisation »;
  • Save your search by clicking on Save in the results list. Your search will be saved in My Account, under Saved searches.

Searching by document types

Here are a few resources used by library staff to find books and articles:

Dissertations

Technical reports:

Articles in foreign languages:

  • SciELO : scientifiques articles in latin languages.
  • SciFinder
  • Viniti : scientific literature in russian.

Please also visit our list of databases and guides related to all the fields in engineering.

Contact

Postal adress
Polytechnique Montréal
Bibliothèque Louise-Lalonde-Lamarre
P.O. 6079 succ. Centre-ville
 Montréal, Québec, Canada H3T 1J4
Office adress
Polytechnique Montréal
Bibliothèque Louise-Lalonde-Lamarre
Campus de l'Université de Montréal
2500, chemin de Polytechnique
Montréal, Québec, Canada H3T 1J4
Phone : (514) 340-4846
Fax : (514)340-4026
biblio.peb@polymtl.ca
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