Last year, I made a USGS library
course available to USGS and other Department of Interior employees.
Because access and availability to print and digital materials have
evolved in the past year, I was looking to update the tutorial
sessions for the course: Finding and Using Scientific Literature and
Data from the USGS Library.
I have had an increase in inquiries and
presentation requests from librarians and scientists outside of the USGS
and the Department of Interior (DOI), including many of whom use our
library in-person - Federal employees, public librarians, oil/gas
geologists, hydrologists, lawyers, and so on. I answer many of the
inquiries by showing the content of the course to library users when
visiting us here in-person.
To make it easier
library users, I asked if the course could become open to the public
when the next version is released later this summer. They said it was
fine, and that non-USGS (and non-DOI) library users can start taking the course now.
a few slides have internal USGS links on them; so non-USGS will be
block from the links; likewise, subscription content that USGS and(or)
DOI purchase will not be accessible unless your institution also
purchases them. Barring these exceptions, most of the material is
accessible and I hope is helpful.
The server hosts the library training course is available 24/7 and from IP address. To
request access to the USGS Library Training course entitled "Finding
and using scientific literature and data from the USGS Library ", course number = USGS-OED-ID1682, please send an e-mail to: [log in to unmask]
After you send the e-mail to request access to the course, you will
receive a user name, password, and additional information.
More info about the course:
Because the U.S. Geological Survey conducts research
in the fields of Biology, Geography, Geology, and Hydrology, many of
the examples follow these four main topics; however, examples the seven
mission areas ( http://www.usgs.gov/start_with_science/
) are included within the sessions.
Finding and Using Scientific Literature and Data from the USGS Library
The course outline:
Session 1: Introduction to the USGS Library and Services
Session 2: USGS Publications and the USGS Library Catalog
Session 3: Using the physical USGS Library
Session 4: Science Literature Searching Concepts and Citation Databases
Session 5: Accessing Scientific Literature from eJournal and eBook Searches
Session 6: Organizing Citations and Bibliographies
Session 7: Cited Reference Searches
I will be updating some of the slides this summer, but it will not change the overall content...
Please let me know if you need more information, and enjoy the day,