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.

 


Upcoming Programs

Legislative History Research Using Library Resources
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 2:00 - 3:15 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. Attendees will learn how to use print and electronic resources available in the DOI Library to conduct legislative history research. Included will be a look at how to put together a legislative history using resources such as the the GPO's FDsys website, Congress.gov, U.S. Congressional Serial Set (print and online editions), Congressional Record, HeinOnline, and the ProQuest Congressional Collections. This program will be conducted by Reference Librarian Jennifer Klang.

Please Note: This program will be held in the 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.

 


Advanced Legal Research on Lexis Advance
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

This program builds on the techniques presented in the “Lexis Advance: Introduction and New Features” class, emphasizing time-efficient and cost-effective searching. Legal researchers attending the class will be shown new methods that can be used to obtain supporting caselaw, statutes, law review and newspaper articles, as well as federal and state administrative materials. Participants will learn about advanced search techniques to make their research more efficient and hear about recently introduced services. The class will also cover choosing appropriate search types, Boolean operators and search syntax, and refining search results with limiters and search edit options. Instruction includes general search construction as well as techniques and options unique to the Lexis Advance platform. In addition, attendees will discover new tools to help them keep track of their research and monitor developing areas of law. This program will be conducted by a LexisNexis trainer.

Please Note: This program will be held in the 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.

 


Introduction to Congress.gov
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Congress.gov is the official source for federal legislative information. A collaboration among the Library of Congress, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Government Printing Office. Congress.gov is a free resource that provides searchable access to bill status and summary, bill text, member profiles, the Congressional Record, committee reports, direct links from bills to cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, legislative process videos, committee profile pages and historic access reaching back to the 103rd Congress. Researchers can now search across all of the content in the system, refine their results, quickly see the status of a bill on a timeline, and view Member pages with sponsored and co-sponsored legislation. Additionally, the system is designed to dynamically fit any size screen being used, mobile, notebook, and/or computer. Please join librarians from the Law Library of Congress, for an introduction to the Congress.gov website, its current and planned resources, and tips on how to best navigate this valuable online legislative service.

Please Note: This program will be held in the 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.