Additional training sessions will be posted as they are scheduled. Please check this page regularly for changes or updates.
Training on Electronic Resources
Every Third Thursday of the Month, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
(January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18, 2014)
Please join the Interior Library staff for a regular training series on the many electronic and online resources available through the Library's website. Every 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.
The ProQuest Congressional Database: Introduction and New Features
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
The ProQuest Congressional service (available to DOI employees at their desktops through the Library’s website), provides users with efficient, targeted access to a comprehensive online collection of historic and current congressional information. This collection includes the full text of congressional publications, finding aids, a bill tracking service, and the full text of public laws and other research materials to enable both novice and experienced researchers to complete many types of research projects using a single, user-friendly interface. Attendees to this class will learn how to access and use digitized collections of these materials; featuring searchable access to current and historic Congressional reports, Congressional hearings, Congressional Research Service (and earlier Legislative Reference Service) reports, as well as Congressional Committee Prints. They will also learn search techniques that can be used to locate digitized copies of these materials essential in conducting thorough legislative history research. This program will be conducted by a ProQuest trainer.
Please Note: This class is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the DOI Library by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to register for webinar access to the class.
Federal Legislative History Research Using Library Resources
Wednesday, April 2, 2013, 10:00 am - 11:15 am
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. Attendees will learn how to use print and electronic resources available in the DOI Library to conduct legislative history research. Included will be a look at how to put together a legislative history using Library resources such as the Congressional Information Service indexes, U.S. Congressional Serial Set (print and online editions), Congressional Record, HeinOnline, and the LexisNexis Congressional Hearings and Research Digital Collections. This program will be conducted by Reference Librarian Jennifer Klang.
HeinOnline: Introduction and New Features
Wednesday, April 16, 2013, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
HeinOnline is Hein’s premier online research product with more than 90 million pages of legal history available in an online, fully-searchable, image-based format. HeinOnline bridges the gap in legal history by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 1,600 law and law-related periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of law journals, HeinOnline also contains the Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, famous world trials dating back to the early 1700's, all United States Treaties, the Federal Register from inception in 1936, the CFR from inception in 1938, and much more. HeinOnline provides exact page images of the documents in PDF format just as they appear in the original print. This means that all charts, graphs, tables, pictures, hand written notes, photographs, and footnotes appear where they belong! What makes HeinOnline unique aside from its image-based PDF content is its historical value and the availability of titles back to their inception. This class will introduce the holdings of the HeinOnline database and offer searching tips and techniques to help the user find information held in its many library collections. This program will be taught by a William S. Hein Company trainer.