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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

The remaining sessions in 2014 will be held on November 20 and December 18.

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


The ProQuest Congressional Database: Introduction and New Features  
Monday, October 27, 2014, 10:00 am-11:15 am


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 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 Beginners
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 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 inexperienced with legal research in general but interested in learning the process involved 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 electronic resources available through the DOI Library such as the ProQuest Congressional database, HeinOnline, Congress.gov and FDsys. 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.


Searching Through the Invisible Web: Finding Hidden Resources on the Internet
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 2:00 pm – 4:00 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 in researching the Internet. 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.