2023-2024 / BIBL0001-1

Support activities to bibliographic research


6h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in human and social sciences1 crédit 


Mathieu Uyttebrouck

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The primary purpose of the course is the student's know-how and autonomy in the research, the evaluation and the use of scientific resources.

The skills acquired during this course (knowledge and know-how) will be useful all along university cursus as well as during the professional career.

Throughout the course, the student will learn to seek out and to select relevant scientific information. With a critical eye, the student will make the best use of available library and internet resources.

Different topics will be discussed during the course:Sources of scientific information;

  • Specialized research tools in social and political sciences;
  • Information research methods;
  • Plagiarism;
  • The open access;
  • References management (ZOTERO).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

-          Identify the main sources of information (database, catalog, etc.) and the essential documentary tools in the fields of political and social sciences.

-         Elaborate research equations and to use a thesaurus in order to increase the efficiency of their documentary research.

-          Research and to select appropriate and relevant resources

-          Critically analyse their documentary research and its outcomes (ex: does this source meet my expectations? Is it relevant to the research question?)

Furthermore, students will be sensitized to issues about plagiarism, scientific edition and open access movement. Finally, student will receive training on bibliographic management software - ZOTERO.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic computing skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Course organization :

1h - Introductory session in large classroom on friday the 4th of October 2023 from 13.00 to 14.00.

2x 2h - practical work/tutorial at L. Graulich library. Registration required via the online form Doodle sent by the professor during the introductory session. Sessions will be offered between October 4 and November 22.

Caution! For the sake of consistency, make sure to follow the TP1 before the TP2.

1h - presentation and experiment of ZOTERO software (presentation; content; usefulness; set up; basic use; etc.). The session will be given to a large audience on Wednesday, December 13th, 2023 from 13:00 to 14:00. There will be an extra hour in the same classroom to be available to students.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

The course material will be provided once all the students have completed TP2.

Written work / report

Additional information:

Students will be evaluated on the basis of the participation in class, along with  of a documentary report on the subject of their choice after the second practical course.  

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Introductory session on the 27th of September 2021, from 13.00 to 14.00

Online registration to the practical courses via a Doodle link provided during the introductory session.

Minimum 6 and maximum 12 students per session.


The last session will be held on 29th of November from 13.00 to 14.00. A roster will be scheduled after the session for those who would like additional help to carry out the work.


Mathieu Uyttebrouck
Responsable scientifique - Bibliothèque L. Graulich
Tél: 04 366 32 71


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