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Internet Splat MapGW has replaced the existing VPN (Virtual Private Network) access with a new VPN that launched today.  The VPN allows your computer to function as though it is on the GW campus and therefore allows you to access most databases, e-texts, and e-journals without additional logins. The new VPN should provide more stable access to Himmelfarb Library resources and is easy to use, but does represent a change in workflows for users.

Instructions for connection via the VPN (Recommended)


  1. Download and install the VPN client, Cisco AnyConnect.
  2. The first time you connect type into the box, then click Connect.
  3. Login to VPN with your GW NetID and password (the same login/password that you use for your GWMail or CMail).
  4. Access the Himmelfarb Library website again. You can now access databases, e-texts, and e-journals without any additional logins.

Connecting to the VPN

  1. On your computer, start the program Cisco AnyConnect then select the GW address ( and select Connect.
  2. Login to VPN with your GW NetID and password (the same login/password that you use for your GWMail or CMail).
  3. Additional information:

Himmelfarb Library's alternate means of off-campus access, WRLC Library Services login, will continue to function normally.  Instructions for both VPN and WRLC Library Services are available from Himmelfarb Library's Off-Campus Access instructions.


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DataMany researchers are experienced with planning, obtaining funding, and publishing their research findings, but may have less experience in creating a data management plan.  A data management plan is a formal document that describes how you will manage your data and its storage both during your project and after the project is completed.  Data management plans are increasingly required by U.S. government funders.

Himmelfarb Library has a guide to Data Management Plans to support researchers in creating a data management plan (DMP).  This guide includes both online sources for information regarding DMPs and their development as well as DMP templates and information on data repositories to consider for deposit of your research data.


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ClinicalKeyClinicalKey now provides a new 'Journal eToc alert service' so that you can receive email notification of new journal issues as soon as they're available.  With each journal eToc alert you will receive and email containing the Table of Content for the new issue of the journal.  You can select the specific journal title(s) that interest you and turn your subscriptions on and off at any time.  This feature will alert you whenever a new issue of one of 'your' journals is available; Articles in Press (AIP) will not be included in the new issue alerts.

To create  new Journal eToc alert:

  1. Create a free personal ClinicalKey account.
  2. Access the ClinicalKey journal which interests you.
  3. Select 'New Issue Alerts: Subscribe' near to top of the page just below the journal's title.

ClinicalKey’s provides access to a wide collection of full-text materials including 1,000+ books, 600+ journals, 17,000+ medical and surgical videos, 300+ ProceduresConsult videos and articles, and more than two million images.  ClinicalKey also provides a gateway to the FirstConsult point-of-care library as well as drug information, practice guidelines, and patient education materials.  If you have any questions regarding ClinicalKey or online access, please contact Laura Abate at

LexicompLexicomp has integrated information about off-label drug information into their drug information.  Lexicomp users will now find a 'Use: Off-Label' field in drug monographs.  This new field provides information on the off-label uses for the drug as well as an evidence rating.  For example, the drug monograph on Montelukast (Singulair) includes this information on off-label use:

  • Urticaria (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug–induced)Level of Evidence [B]
  • Data from a double-blind, placebo-controlled comparison of montelukast and cetirizine in patients with chronic urticaria and intolerance to food additives and/or aspirin supports the use of montelukast in the treatment of patients experiencing urticaria related to the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Pacor, 2001).

Lexicomp is available via Himmelfarb Library's homepage and can be accessed from both on- and off-campus locations.  Himmelfarb Library also provides access to Lexicomp as an app which can be downloaded for free by GW affiliates via the Library's App Shelf.

On Monday, a panel discussion on writing and publishing on AIDS discussed challenges and approaches to scholarly publishing with a particular eye toward junior faculty and researchers.  As a follow-up to the panel's discussion, the following resources may be useful:

A follow-up workshop on preparing for publication on HIV/AIDS will be held on Tuesday, December 16 from 5:30-7:30pm in Gelman Library, Room 302.  This mentor-led workshop will provide hands-on help with specific paper questions and allow researchers to discuss individual challenges and roadblocks with specialized mentors.  RSVP is required.

Health AffairsThe December issue of Health Affairs focuses on children’s health and includes articles that examine “current threats to the health and health care of America’s children”.  The issue includes a number of sections which address children’s health through the lens of the U.S.’s evolving health care system: changing epidemiology of children’s health,  insurance coverage, access to care, maternal health and birth outcomes, medically complex children, childhood obesity, resource allocation, and housing and health.

The issue includes several articles authored by GW faculty including:

Himmelfarb Library provides access to Health Affairs beginning in 1981 and extending through the most recent issues published as part of the library’s E-Journals collection.  Users may access articles directly via the journal’s website, or via the ‘Find it @ Himmelfarb links’ embedded in PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, Google Scholar, etc.

Working on your end-of-semester papers? Need some writing help? You have one last chance this semester to book a slot with one of the Writing Center's graduate writing consultants based at Himmelfarb Library. By special arrangement, Justin Kuprevich will be available tonight (Monday, Dec. 8th) from 4-7:00 pm on the first floor of Himmelfarb Library.

To book an appointment with Justin, please call the Writing Center at 202-994-3765. Justin will also accept walk-ins if all of the appointments are not filled.

The Global Nutrition ReportThe first publication of The Global Nutrition Report is now available online.  This publication is the results of work by a consortium of nations, organizations, researchers, and scholars.  The report is meant to provide a comprehensive study on global health and nutrition.  The Global Nutrition Report provides both a global profile as well as individual country profiles which track the progress of each United Nations member in terms of 80+ indicators on nutrition outcomes, determinants, program coverage, resources, and political commitment.

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