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 July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, 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



Federal Legislative History Research Using Library Resources
Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 2:00 pm - 3:15 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. Attendees will learn how to use 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 publications such as the U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, and the Congressional Record; available on databases like HeinOnline and the ProQuest Congressional Collection. 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.  For directions, please contact the Library staff via phone at (202) 208-5815 or e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov.