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.

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

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

Webinar recordings of recently completed Interior Library programs are available upon request. Please contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or via the Library's Questions and Comments form for more information.
 


Upcoming Programs

The National Technical Reports Library: Introduction and New Features
Thursday, September 27, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:15 pm

Worldwide searching for federally funded bibliographic science and technology research information is available on the basic Public Access National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) website. The Public Access NTRL is open to all users (domestic and international) for search and discovery. Public Access NTRL gives users access to a searchable online database of approximately three million Federal science and technology reports published by the National Technical Information Service. The full text for 800,000 of these documents can be downloaded immediately in electronic PDF format without charge. Free registration is required to download the reports. Attendees to this session will learn how to effectively search through this database to locate official government reports, including many published by Interior Department bureaus and offices. This program will be conducted by a National Technical Information Service 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.
 


Drinking from the Fire Hydrant: Basic Legal Research in the Age of Technology (Lexis Advance Class)
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Technological advancement has enabled humanity to retain and process seemingly endless amounts of information. Nowhere is that more true than in the American legal system. Making sense of the water pouring from that particular fire hydrant is the focus of this course on the fundamentals of basic legal research in the age of electronic legal research. During this Lexis Advance session, we will cover: model rules & technology; competency as an attorney; using citations, party names & source selection; refining your search; sections of a case; topic summary reports; citation services and research history.

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. Also note that Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be available for in-person or webinar attendance to this session.
 


Introduction to ProQuest's "Indian Claims Insight" Database
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

ProQuest’s Indian Claims Insight is a one-of-a-kind research tool that provides researchers with the opportunity to understand and analyze Native American migration and resettlement throughout United States history. It also addresses US government Indian removal policies and subsequent actions to address Native American claims. Content includes decisions, transcripts, docket books, journals of the Indian Claims Commission, and related statutes and congressional publications. Researchers can also trace the journeys of Indians as they were pushed from their ancestral lands and forced to relocate, as well as the tribes' determination to gain standing in court to seek redress for inequities in the treaty process. This training session, taught via webinar by a ProQuest trainer, will cover the content in the database, review searching and document types and will also provide attendees with links to additional support materials.

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.
 


Introduction to ProQuest's "Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000" Database
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:15

ProQuest’s Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 is a resource for scholars of US history and US women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the US, the collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding at the same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible to researchers. The collection includes 160,000 pages from full-text sources, written by more than 2,450 authors. These primary source collections include rare and previously inaccessible materials, such as book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools. They are enhanced by scholarly essays from leading historians that illuminate key historical issues in those texts and provide entry points for accessing the collections. This training session, taught via webinar by a ProQuest trainer, will look at the materials found in the collection, review searching tips and hints, and point out additional support materials.

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.