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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


Advanced Legal Research on WestlawNext
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:15 am


Thomson Reuters' WestlawNext online legal research service permits users to search for legal, legislative, and news content without first selecting a database, allowing one to click check boxes 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. WestlawNext also supports retrieving documents by citation, party name, or KeyCite reference. Attendees will learn how to take research skills learned in introductory WestlawNext courses to the next level. Learn how to find cases by attorney or judge's name, date, and jurisdiction. Explore statutory materials and learn how to combine the best of book and online research with Westlaw's online Table of Contents. Delve into KeyCite's unique features that allow researchers to fine-tune their result by legal issue, jurisdiction, and other selected criteria. And learn how to personalize WestlawNext to meet your unique research needs. This program will be conducted by a Westlaw trainer.

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.


Legislative History Research on Lexis Advance
Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Lexis Advance delivers legal and legislative content within a single intuitive interface that includes: pre- and post-filters, folders for storing and sharing, research history, alerts and 24/7 customer support. Lexis Advance includes exclusive tools such as integrated results from the open Web where users can search the open Web along with content from Lexis simultaneously; and a visual and intuitive Workplace Carousel interface that enables the user to store search history, save recent and favorite filters, access work folders, set up alerts and access customer service. Attendees to this training program will learn how to use the Lexis Advance legal and legislative database to find materials needed to complete a legislative history. Learn how to access publications like the U.S. Statutes at Large, Congressional Record, and House and Senate Reports, to find specific documents used to determine the intent behind a piece of legislation. This class will be taught by a LexisNexis representative.

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.


ProQuest’s Legislative Insight Part B (1789-1960): Introduction and New Features
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

ProQuest’s Legislative Insight is a Federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full text publications created by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws. This collection is comprised of fully searchable PDFs of full-text copies of the Public Law itself, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports, and prints. Also included are Presidential signing statements and miscellaneous congressional publications that provide background material to aid in the understanding of issues related to the making of the law. The DOI Library provides Interior Department staff with access to Part B of the Legislative Insight collection, which focuses on laws passed prior to 1929 but also includes additional laws from 1929-1960 not included in Part A of the collection. A ProQuest trainer will introduce class attendees to the contents of this collection and how to effectively and efficiently search for materials required for legislative history research. 

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.