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


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.


Legal Treatises on Lexis Advance 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

LexisNexis is a leading provider of analytical content such as treatises and practice guides with collections covering every legal practice area. Their content is renowned for the expertise of its authors and is updated frequently to ensure currency and accuracy. LexisNexis, though its Lexis Advance online database, currently provides subscribers with electronic access to a number of its treatises; including those covering legal topics of interest to Interior Department employees. These include subject areas such as federal practice and procedure, tort claims, oil and gas law, and real property law. This class, conducted by a LexisNexis trainer, will teach attendees how to effectively access and search through Lexis Advance to find treatises on legal subjects.  Included will be tips on how to determine the best treatise to use for a given research question and hints on formulating search queries in those treatises to find needed information.

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.


Analyze and Organize More Efficiently with WestlawNext
Wednesday, July 8, 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 new 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 provides folders to store search results for individual subscribers. A WestlawNext trainer will teach session attendees to use these folders to gather, organize, and share compiled research. They will also learn to utilize KeyCite to find materials needed to expand and improve the users initial search ideas, and WestSearch to query all relevant materials with a single search strategy.

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 the Indigenous Law Portal 
Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

The immensely useful Indigenous Law Portal brings together free primary source law documents from the Law Library of Congress and from nearly 340 tribes in Indian country. Indian law, which is multifaceted and complex, encompasses federal law, state law, and tribal self-governance documents created and maintained by each recognized tribe. These documents may include tribal codes, charters, constitutions/bylaws, ordinances, and more. This portal focuses on the legal documents of individual tribes. It pulls together difficult-to-find documents by tribe, and features links to tribes' official home pages, tribal councils, and courts, among other resources. Easy access is made possible via an alphabetical list of tribes and lists arranged by state and region. A map on the home page allows users to quickly navigate by clicking on a state or region. Portal organization by region and tribe corresponds to the new Library of Congress classification schedule for Law of the Indigenous Peoples in the Americas (Classes KIA-KIP: North America). Please join Tina Gheen, Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Library of Congress, as she demonstrates the resources and features of the Indigenous Law Portal; an invaluable resource for tribes, Indian law scholars, and libraries that support Native American studies, criminal justice and law.

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.