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Training Documentation and Materials

The following are resources for use by libraries and information schools worldwide in the teaching of effective and efficient information access, search and retrieval. These resources have been developed as an educational effort by the member organizations of NFAIS.

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Theological Library Association

  • How to Search RIM Online - Help guide for searching the Research in Ministry database
  • CDRI Database - Help guide for searching the database of the Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative


  • The Basics of Searching ( PDFWordPowerpoint)
  • Database Subject Codes - This list will be useful to anyone searching CAB Abstracts, Global Health or any of the associated database subset products, including the various Internet Resources. All database records include a searchable Subject Codes field.
  • Sample Searches - Subject-specific links to pages of sample searches covering "hot topics," animal science, animal health, environmental science, forest science, leisure, recreation and tourism, human nutrition and food science, and plant protection.
  • CAB Direct User Guides - Available in PDF, Word, and/or PowerPoint
  • OvidSP User Guides - Available in PDF, Word, and/or PowerPoint
  • Dialog (Classic) User Guides - Advanced Searching of CAB Abstracts (PDF-Word).
  • ThomsonReuters Web of Science User Guides - Available in PDF, Word, and/or PowerPoint
  • EBSCOhost User Guides - Available in PDF, Word, and/or PowerPoint


Defense Technical Information Center

EBSCO Publishing

  • EBSCOhost user guides - View these comprehensive reference manuals for EBSCO's key products and interfaces.
  • EBSCOhost trainer guides - These guides include preparation and presentation tips, a complete content outline, a sample evaluation form, and a list of recommended handouts.
  • EBSCOhost help sheets - Print these colorful handouts outlining specific functions and providing step-by-step instructions



H.W. Wilson (Now Part of EBSCO)

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)

National Library of Medicine


  • Authorities: Format and Indexes - Provides details on selected topics that catalogers need to identify and verify information in bibliographic and/or authority records via the OCLC authority file.
  • Bibliographic Formats and Standards - Guide to machine readable cataloging records in WorldCat. It provides tagging conventions, input standards and guidelines for entering information into WorldCat.
  • Documentation - Documentation, frequently asked questions, tips, known issues, and glossaries by product.


  • Platform User Guides ( User GuideQuick Reference Sheet)
  • Product Overviews, Database Guides, Sample Searches - These documents are designed to help develop your search skills and improve your knowledge of ProQuest databases. If you're responsible for putting together a session on ProQuest, you'll find plenty of resources in this section. You'll find:
    • Search Tips - Hints and tips for searching including operators and symbols etc.
    • Search Examples - Searches and suggested answers.
    • Search Guides - Help end-users streamline their searches to get more targeted results out of ProQuest databases.


RIPM - Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals

Thomson Reuters - Web of Knowledge

US Government Printing Office

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