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Solving jigsaw puzzleAre you revising your curriculum?  Redesigning sessions to include more active learning?  Flipping the classroom?

Himmelfarb Library has created an Active Learning Resources Research Guide to support faculty.  This guide will help faculty identify tools and resources to support their efforts and includes information on:

  • Creating online recordings - equipment and software to help you create online recordings, deliver webinars, and more.
  • Locating readings - find readings to support your instruction in Himmelfarb's extensive online collection and provide direct links to readings for easy access by students.
  • Assessing students - find in-class and remote tools to use to assess your students' learning.
  • Finding images - Himmelfarb Library's online collection can provide you images to support your teaching.
  • Finding cases - access to clinical scenarios and cases which can help frame your learning objectives.
  • Finding equipment and software - how and where to access equipment and software which can be used to create instructional materials.
  • Instructional design assistance - contact information for the instructional designers who support SMHS, SON, and MISPH.
  • Finding tutorials and multimedia resources - locate existing tutorials and multimedia resources in Himmelfarb Library's collection and link directly to them.
  • Blackboard - learn how to get more in-depth instruction to maximize Blackboard for your teaching activities.

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Behind the Scenes at a Medical JournalEver wonder what editors from journals consider when deciding whether to send it out for peer review?

We invite you to hear guest speaker José Merino, MD, editor of BMJ publications, discuss the steps on how a paper is reviewed and help demystify the editorial process.

Learn about…

  • How do editors decide when to send an article out for peer review?
  • How do editors weigh conflicting reviews?
  • What happens at the manuscript meeting?
  • What to do if your paper is not accepted?

GUEST SPEAKER: José Merino, MD/BMJ Editor
DATE: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
LOCATION: Himmelfarb Library/B103
TIME: 12pm-1pm

Before you submit your next article…come and learn how you can increase your chances of acceptance in the journal of your choice!

Natural Medicines & Essential Evidence PlusHimmelfarb Library is considering discontinuing access to several online resources and is seeking input from the GW community regarding these decisions.  The resources which are being reconsidered are Natural Medicines and Essential Evidence Plus.  Please keep reading for more information on these resources and for alternative information resources.

Natural Medicines / Natural Standard

For the past several years, Himmelfarb Library has subscribed to Natural Medicines and/or Natural Standard both of which provide evidence-based information on natural and herbal medicines.  This year, Himmelfarb Library is considering canceling its subscription to these resources in light of low usage, rising costs, and the availability of this type of information from other sources.

Natural medicines information would continue to be available from Himmelfarb LIbrary via alternate drug information tools including:

  • Lexicomp - Lexicomp's 'Natural Products database' provides ' in-depth, peer-reviewed information on over 400 commonly used natural products; natural products information includes in-line referencing and information on dosage, source, adverse reactions, uses and pharmacology, toxicology, pregnancy/lactation and other key information.
  • ClinicalKey - ClinicalKey's 'Drug Monographs' provide information on herbals, vitamins, and nutritional products in addition to covering prescription and over-the-counter drugs; information includes mechanism of action and pharmacokinetics as well as indications, administration, contraindications, interactions, adverse reactions, and monitoring parameters. 
  • Natural medicines information is also available via the library's e-book collection which includes these titles: Textbook of Natural MedicineIntegrative Medicine, and A Guide to Evidence-based Integrative and Complementary Medicine.

Essential Evidence Plus

Himmelfarb Library provides access to several clinical and evidence-based medicine information resources including Best PracticeClinicalKey's FirstConsultDynaMed and Essential Evidence Plus.  This year, Himmelfarb Library is considering ceasing its subscription to Essential Evidence Plus due to low usage and the availability of other point-of-care information resources.   Himmelfarb Library plans to continue to offer access to the following resources:

  • Best Practice - Evidence-based resource providing disease and drug information. Disease information uses step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Best Practice is published by the BMJ Publishing Group and designed for U.S. healthcare provides; drug information is provided by AHFS Drug Information.  Web and app access available.
  • ClinicalKey's FirstConsult - Evidence-based clinical information database which is updated weekly and draws heavily on the National Guideline Clearinghouse, Cochrane systematic reviews, and BMJ Clinical Evidence as information sources.  FirstConsult is a component of the broader ClinicalKey resources which provides full-text access to 600+ full-text journals and nearly 1,200 full-text books plus drug information, practice guidelines, images, and multimedia instructional materials. Web and app access available.
  • DynaMed - Point-of-care information resource includes drug and disease information and provides access to huge range of clinical topics addressing point-of-care information for both in-patient and out-patient medicine.  DynaMed's information is updated daily and new information is integrated quickly after publication in the peer-reviewed medical literature.  Web and app access available.

If you would like to provide feedback on either of these decisions, please send comments to Laura Abate ( by April 1, 2014.


Low Temperature Ice Icy Cold Freeze WarningFrom 4 am until 2 pm on Saturday, March 8, 2014, there will be no heat in Himmelfarb Library due to boiler repairs.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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