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 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.

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

EBSCO Online: Introduction and New Features
Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 2:00 - 3:15 pm

EBSCO's online databases provide access to thousands of publications and reference sources in a wide variety of subject areas, and include 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, full text articles and other resources 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, Science & Technology, Open Dissertation and Legal Collection databases. Attendees will learn to use EBSCO's search platform and find articles, papers, reports, dissertations and other needed research materials. This program will be conducted by an EBSCO 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.
 


Native American Legal Research on Lexis Advance
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 2:00 pm

Lexis Advance offers a substantial collection of Native American Law materials including tribal constitutions, codes, treaties, court opinions and other primary and secondary legal materials. In this training session, our Lexis trainer will explore relevant federal laws, including how to deep dive into Congressional documents and treaties. Attendees will discover troves of tribal primary law; how fill in the spaces with Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law and delve into analytical options for emerging issues including Oil & Gas, Water Rights, and Eminent Domain. Our trainer will also bring law and analysis together for Key Topics including Tribal Sovereign Immunity and the Indian Child Welfare Act. Additionally, those attending the class will learn how to analyze the shifting sands with legal news from Mealey’s Native American Law Report

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 the Global Plants Database
Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:00 pm

JSTOR’s Global Plants database features more than two million high-resolution type specimens. The collection also includes partner-contributed reference works and primary sources, such as collectors’ correspondence and diaries, paintings, drawings, and photographs. The DOI Library recently added this online resource to those available to Interior Department employees through the Library’s website. This session will introduce attendees to the Global Plants database, covering the specimens, reference works, and primary sources. Via webinar, a JSTOR trainer will demonstrate searching using domain-specific filters, navigating to relevant resources, and how to view related specimens in one place. Attendees will also be shown how to use the Image Viewer, and save items to individual accounts to enhance the experience of working with Global Plants.

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.
 


Useful Federal Resources on the Web
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 2:00 - 3:15 pm

While the Internet can be a great resource for federal documents, it is often difficult to know what trustworthy sites to go in order to find the official materials that you are looking for. Many websites proclaiming themselves to be an authoritative source for federal government information actually have out of date or just factually incorrect information. Finding those that are relevant and reliable can often be a difficult task. Join Interior Library Head of Reference Services Jennifer Klang on this tour of valuable and reliable sources of federal information on the Internet. Websites from the Department of the Interior, Congress.gov, GovInfo and the University of Oklahoma will be among those featured in this course. Designed for both the beginning and advanced searcher, attendees will learn about resources for scientific reports, legislative documents, statistical information, Native American documents, and other useful items.

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.