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Training




The Interior Library offers regular training sessions to introduce DOI employees and others to its services and to the information sources it makes available, either on employees' desktops or in person. These training sessions are usually held in the Training Room of the Interior Library.

To register for a future training session, please click here. For more information about our training sessions, please contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov.

Additional training sessions will be posted as they are scheduled. Please check this page regularly for changes or updates.

Training on Electronic Resources


Third Thursday's of the Month, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Please join the Interior Library staff for a regular training series on the many electronic and online resources available through the Library's website. Usually on the third Thursday of the month from 1 to 2 pm, the Library staff will review features of the website, including features and basic search techniques for online databases available to DOI employees at their desktops. Databases such as HeinOnline, Westlaw, JSTOR, ProQuest Congressional, and ProQuest National Newspapers will be covered at the request of attendees. The Reference Staff will also be available to answer other specific online research related questions you may have.


Upcoming Programs


WestlawNext: Introduction and New Features
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:15 am

 
Thomson Reuters WestlawNext online legal research service permits users to search for legal, legislative, news, and business content without first selecting a database, allowing one to click checkboxes to select the jurisdiction and nature of material wanted. Its search algorithm, referred to as WestSearch, is perhaps the world's most advanced legal research engine, executing a federated search across multiple content types. Users can enter descriptive terms or Boolean connectors and select a jurisdiction. Search results are ranked by relevance. WestlawNext also supports retrieving documents by citation, party name, or KeyCite reference. An overview page enables users to see the top results per content type, or to view all results for a particular content type. Filters can be applied to refine the result list even further. WestlawNext also provides folders for storing and sharing portions of the research selected by the user. As Thomson Reuters transitions from Westlaw Classic (which is set to be phased out later this year) to WestlawNext, learning its key features and resources will become increasingly important. Those attending this class will be shown how to maneuver through WestlawNext’s user-friendly platform to find the search results they need.
 
Please Note: This program will be held in the new temporary Library, located in Room 2262 of the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building.  It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the DOI Library by e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov for directions to the Library or for information on how to register for webinar access to the class.


Compiling a Federal Legislative History: A Step-By-Step Example for Advanced Researchers
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


In order to find the legislative intent of a bill or public law, researchers need to compile reports, testimony, debate, and other materials related to that piece of legislation to find keys as to what Congress hoped to accomplish by passing the bill. The final compilation of all these materials provides the researcher with a "legislative history" of the bill or law in question and hopefully will answer the question of what Congress intended with this legislation. Those familiar with legislative history research who are interested in learning advanced processes used in compiling a federal legislative history will find this program invaluable. A specific Public Law will be the focus of a step-by-step piecing together of a legislative history, using resources such as the U.S. Statutes at Large, Congressional Record, and U.S. Congressional Serial Set, available electronically through databases available at the Interior Department. This program will be conducted by DOI Law Librarian Maureen Booth and Reference Librarian Shyamalika Ghoshal.

Please Note: This program will be held in the new temporary Library, located in Room 2262 of the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building.  It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the DOI Library by e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov for directions to the Library or for information on how to register for webinar access to the class.


Introduction to FDsys: The GPO’s Online Portal to Federal Government Documents 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm


GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Through FDsys, users are able to search for documents and publications via advanced search capabilities and are able to refine and narrow their search for quick access to needed information. They can also browse for documents and publications by collection, Congressional committee, date, and Government author; access metadata about documents and publications; and download documents and publications in multiple renditions or file formats. With FDsys, users can download a single file or download content and metadata packaged together in a compressed file. Attendees to this session, taught by GPO trainers, will learn the basics and background of FDsys, including information on how to navigate the site, what resources are currently available to users, instructions on how to utilize important features, and plans for the future of FDsys.

Please Note: This program will be held in the new temporary Library, located in Room 2262 of the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building.  It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the DOI Library by e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov for directions to the Library or for information on how to register for webinar access to the class.


Searching Through the Invisible Web: Finding Hidden Resources on the Internet
Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

 
It has been said that searching on the Internet today can be compared to dragging a net across the surface of the ocean; a great deal may be caught in the net, but there is a wealth of information that is below the surface and therefore missed. Most of the Web's information is buried far down on dynamically generated sites, and standard search engines do not find it. Traditional search engines cannot "see" or retrieve content in the “Invisible” or “Deep” Web – those pages do not exist until they are created dynamically as the result of a specific search. The Invisible Web is several orders of magnitude larger than the surface Web. This class will examine the type of information available on the mysterious "Invisible Web," how to access it, and why it is important. Learn why some information is inaccessible to web search engines and what might be overlooked. Search techniques and recommended sources will also be covered. This program will be conducted by Reference Librarian Jennifer Klang.

Please Note: This program will be held in the new temporary Library, located in Room 2262 of the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building.  It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the DOI Library by e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov for directions to the Library or for information on how to register for webinar access to the class.