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

The PACER Database: Quick Tips and Searching Hints
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information online from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator. PACER is provided by the Federal Judiciary in keeping with its commitment to providing public access to court information and is available in the DOI Library. Please join us to learn the most effective and efficient ways to navigate PACER to quickly access the documents you need. This class will cover what can and can’t be found on PACER, how to search when you have certain pieces of information, and how to download documents and exhibits in bulk or as combined files, where possible. Come with questions or send questions in advance to DOI Law Librarian and class presenter Shannon Lynch.

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 govinfo.gov
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

This session will provide an overview of GPO’s system for providing the public with free access to U.S. Government information, govinfo. As the eventual replacement of GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys), govinfo is your one stop shop for information from all three branches of the Federal Government. This site provides researchers with more than a million federal government publications.  It allows users to search for documents and publications using advanced search capabilities; browse for documents and publications alphabetically, by category, by Congressional committee, and by date; access metadata about documents and publications in standard XML formats; and, download documents and publications in multiple file formats. A GPO trainer will review the latest features and resources available and the timeline for retiring FDsys.

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.

 


Compiling a Federal Legislative History: A Step-by-Step Example for Beginners
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

In order to find the legislative intent of a bill or public law, researchers need to compile reports, testimony, debate, and other materials related to that piece of legislation to find keys as to what Congress hoped to accomplish by passing the bill. The final compilation of all these materials provides the researcher with a "legislative history" of the bill or law in question and hopefully will answer the question of what Congress intended with this legislation. Those inexperienced with legal research in general but interested in learning the process involved in compiling a federal legislative history will find this program invaluable. A specific Public Law will be the focus of a step-by-step piecing together of a legislative history using electronic resources available through the DOI Library such as the ProQuest Congressional database, HeinOnline, Congress.gov and FDsys. This class will be presented by DOI Reference Librarian Shyamalika Ghoshal.

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.

 


A Format for Decision Making: Docket Research and Management on Lexis Advance
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

The numbers are startling! There are approximately 175 million federal and state court dockets and documents in the United States today. However, only about 3% of all cases in the state and federal courts ever reach the point at which they generate a published, reported decision. This means that 97% of all docket materials fall outside the reach of an attorney who relies on state and federal case reporters to learn of new court decisions, to identify litigation trends, to obtain information about opposing counsel, judges, and expert witnesses, to conduct case evaluations and to effectively manage litigation. Fortunately, technology has provided us with docket research tools that now allow us to search the millions of dockets and documents that previously fell outside the reach of traditional legal research. This program explores the best ways to most effectively utilize these docket research tools. During this session, a LexisNexis trainer will cover: Docket Research Methods, Maintaining Awareness, Using Strategic Profiles to Determine Litigation Strategy and Expert Witness Research.

Please note: This program will be held in the Library's Conference Room in the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be available for DOI Solicitor's Office attorneys attending this program. It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar.