Training Sessions

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.

To register for a future training session or for more information about our training sessions, please use our registration form. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815.

Additional training sessions will be posted as they are scheduled. Please check this page regularly for changes or updates.
 


Upcoming Programs

Who Owns the Law: Private Copyright in Public Law -- and How to Stop It
Wednesday, December 13, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

In the United States and in many other countries, the law is classically in the public domain — which means that no one can own it.  Or can they?  Private publishers for years have claimed intellectual property rights over public law, from caselaw and statutes to regulations and jury instructions.  Fastcase CEO Ed Walters talks about the legal underpinnings of open law, as well as current court cases that will put private ownership of public law to the test.

Please note: This program will be held in the Library's Conference Room in the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building. It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar.
 


ProQuest Congressional: Introduction and New Features
Wednesday, December 20, 2:00 - 3:15 pm

The ProQuest Congressional database provides users with efficient, targeted access to the most comprehensive collection of historic and current congressional information available anywhere online. This collection includes full text copies of congressional publications, finding aids, a bill tracking service, as well as the full text of public laws and other research materials to enable both researchers to complete many types of projects using a single, newly updated interface. Attendees to this class will learn how to navigate ProQuest Congressional’s interface to find and use digitized collections of these materials; featuring searchable access to current and historic Congressional reports, Congressional hearings, Congressional Research Service reports, as well as Congressional Committee Prints. Those in attendance will also learn helpful search techniques that can be used to locate digitized copies of 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 Library's Conference Room in the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building. It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar.
 


Lexis Advance: Introduction and New Features
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 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, 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 newly updated online platform to find the search results they need.

Please note: This program will be held in the Library's Conference Room in the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building. It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar.
 


Westlaw: Introduction and New Features
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 2:00 - 3:15 pm

Thomson Reuters Westlaw 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 search algorithm, referred to as WestSearch, is perhaps the world's most advanced legal research engine, executing a federated search across multiple content types. Users can enter descriptive terms or Boolean connectors and select a jurisdiction. Search results are ranked by relevance. Westlaw also supports retrieving documents by citation, party name, or KeyCite reference. An overview page enables users to see the top results per content type, or to view all results for a particular content type. Filters can be applied to refine the result list even further. Westlaw also provides folders for storing and sharing portions of the research selected by the user.  Those attending this class will be shown how to maneuver through Westlaw’s user-friendly platform to find requested search results.

Please note: This program will be held in the Library's Conference Room in the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building. It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar.