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Defense RDT&E Online System (Legacy - DROLS) Training

There are two versions of DROLS. Legacy DROLS is a command driven search engine accessing a mainframe containing classified references. Private STINET replaces the unclassified version of Legacy DROLS for the TR and RS collections. Private STINET is searched in a modern web browser environment. Sanitized records of classified citations are included in Private STINET.

Even users accessing DROLS through alternate products such as, Private STINET or TR Database on CD-ROM will benefit from learning about the DROLS database contents and structure. The DROLS courses briefly cover some alternate means of access and provide a copy of the DROLS database access product matrix. Each product provides partial capabilities of the current native DROLS interface.

Introduction to DROLS

Legacy (Classified) DROLS is an extremely powerful research tool. Because it was designed for professional searchers, and is so robust, training is the most efficient way to learn to build and refine a strategy. This three-day session provides the information needed to obtain accurate results to support current research and avoid redundant effort. DROLS retrieval is significantly different from many other online systems.

Introduction to DROLS is a three-day, hands-on course for users who access Legacy DROLS via STU-III or through a dedicated line. DROLS is a classified system that provides access to DTIC's three major databases. The course covers searching and ordering functions with emphasis on developing effective search techniques for accessing the Technical Reports Bibliographic Database, the Research Summaries Database (formerly called WUIS), the Independent Research & Development Database.

Students must have the necessary clearance. Arrangements can be made for offsite training to be given by Headquarters or Regional Office instructors for facilities with the necessary equipment.

DROLS courses are scheduled regularly at DTIC (see Training Schedule). To sign up for a training course, select the email address below or use a Training Registration Form and mail to:

Defense Technical Information Center
DTIC-BR (Training)
8725 John J. Kingman Road, VA
Ft. Belvoir, VA 22060-6218

Telephone: (703) 767-8224 / DSN 427-8224
Toll Free: 1-800-CAL-DTIC (225-3842), menu selection 3 (Training)
FAX: (703) 767-8228 / DSN 427-8228
Email: training@dtic.mil

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