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, 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

Statutes and Regulations Research on WestlawNext
Thursday, May 26, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:15 am

In the first part of this information packed class, attendees will learn how to research the legislative history of a specific act. Discussion will focus upon where the act is codified in the U.S. Code, its Committee Reports, Congressional testimony, Congressional Record references, and Presidential messages. We will then find and examine the legislative history for a specific statute, including seeking out links to other documents that cite to that statute such as cases, secondary sources, regulations, and administrative decisions. The class will also look at how WestlawNext has made researching the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) easier. This includes a look at RegulationsPlus, an exclusive Westlaw tool that makes it easy to access relevant cases through the Notes of Decision, previous versions of a regulation, administrative decisions, and the final notices from the Federal Register that changed a particular statute. In addition, this class will show attendees how to effectively use the CFR Index. Lastly we will look at ways to access administrative decisions on WestlawNext and how to use KeyCite to determine if a decision is still good law.   

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.

 


Compiling a Federal Legislative History: A Step-by-Step Example for Beginners
Wednesday, June 22, 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. 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 program will be presented by DOI Reference Librarian Shyamalika Ghoshal.

Please note: This program will be held in the new 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.