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 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


EBSCO Online: Introduction and New Features
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

EBSCO's online databases provide access to thousands of journals and reference sources in a wide variety of subject areas. EBSCO's leading online full text databases offer access to full text articles from peer-reviewed journals published by many of the world's most prestigious publishers. These databases offer a convenient way for users to search for abstracts and full text articles from a large collection of publications in one easy process. EBSCOHost is available to DOI employees nationwide through the Library's website and includes access to their Academic Search Premier, GreenFile, MasterFile Premier, and Legal Collection databases. Attendees will learn how to utilize EBSCO's search platform to peruse through these databases and find articles, papers, reports, and other needed research materials. This program will be conducted by an EBSCO 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.


Lexis Advance: Introduction and New Features
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 2:00 pm-3:15 pm


Lexis Advance delivers an unmatched set of legal, news, business and analytical content that professionals trust. Content is delivered within a single intuitive interface that includes: pre- and post-filters, folders for storing and sharing, research history, alerts and 24/7 customer support. Lexis Advance includes exclusive tools such as integrated results from the open Web where users can search the open Web along with content from Lexis simultaneously; a visual and intuitive Workplace Carousel interface that enables the user to store search history, save recent and favorite filters, access work folders, set up alerts and access customer service; and a Legal Issue Trail that allows users to find and cite connections between cases that may not be obvious. Lexis Advance also includes a graphical depiction of prior research history as well as a Shepard’s Graphical feature showing the history of citing decisions in an easy visual grid or map format.  Attendees will be taught by a LexisNexis trainer how to maneuver through this updated, user-friendly platform to find the search results they need.

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.


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.