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 session in 2014 will be held on 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

Introduction to Congress.gov   
Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

 
Congress.gov, the successor to THOMAS.gov, is the new online resource for accessing free, fact-based United States legislative information. It is a collaborative effort by the Library of Congress, Senate, House of Representatives, and the Government Printing Office. Researchers can search across all of the content in the system, refine their results, view member pages and review their sponsored and co-sponsored legislation. Materials such as the detailed lists of Congressional actions per legislative bill, committee reports, nominations, and treaty information have been incorporated into this resource. Additional features that have been included in the latest release include the ability to create accounts, create saved searches, search for member remarks in the Congressional Record, and find executive nominations. A key attribute is the use of durable URLs assigned to specific documents found in the database. The Congress.gov site is designed to dynamically fit any size screen being used, mobile, notebook, and/or computer. Please join Robert Brammer, Legal Reference Specialist at the Law Library of Congress, for an introduction to the Congress.gov website, its current and planned resources, and tips on how to best navigate this valuable online legislative service.

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.


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.