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We are still accepting submissions through April 1st from students, staff, residents, and faculty of SMHS, GWSPH, SON and GW Hospital.  Drop off your masterpieces at the Reference Desk Monday-Thursday 8:30am-8:00pm, Friday 8:30am-5:00pm, and Saturday 12:00pm-4:00pm.

Doodles, ceramics, origami, paintings...all are welcome!

Distance Education students are encouraged to submit.

Questions?  Contact Synneva Elthon at or (202) 994-2963

mdcalc_logo-green (1)MDCalc has been around as a popular online calculator for the past 10 years.  It is so popular that each month it has over 850,000 unique visitors.  But now, this phenomenal resource is available as a free iPhone/iPad app (until May 1st… hurry!).

This medical calculator goes leagues beyond the rest, providing common and important calculators that include brief summaries of critical studies.  Calculators include links to relevant PubMed articles, and includes the “Pearls/Pitfalls”, “Next Step” calculations, and commentary from the authors.  This emphasis on Evidence-Based Medicine and clinical decision-making is just one of the ways in which MDCalc stands out.  Additionally, all content is available even without an internet or cell connection, whereas similar medical calculators don’t have this capability.

With a simple, clean interface and information that goes wherever you do, MDCalc will quickly become your go-to medical calculator.

Check out some other medical apps by heading over to Himmelfarb Library’s App Shelf.

Download now to your iPad or iPhone here and get full access for free!



nihHave a NIH grant?  Getting ready to publish?  Don’t forget to play by the rules.

Publicly accessible federal data and journal articles are key sources for major studies of a wide number of issues.  Thanks to recent action by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ,  these sources have become easier to access, providing those in the medical field with important, reputable information.

Since April 7, 2008, the NIH has required that all manuscripts of NIH funded peer-reviewed journal articles be publicly accessible through PubMed Central.  In February 2013, the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) mandated federal departments and agencies with research budgets greater than $100 million to make research data and journal articles publicly accessible. The affected departments and agencies have adopted different plans, repositories, and implementation dates.

What does this mean for SMHS, GWSPH, and SON researchers? Publication compliance.  Himmelfarb Library can assist you with complying with these open access policies.  You can find everything you need to know about the NIH Public Access Policy and the open access policies of additional federal agencies on Himmelfarb Library's research guide on Open Access to Publicly Funded Journal Articles & Research Data.





AccessMedicine has incorporated a great news feature,  2 Minute Medicine.  2 Minute Medicine originates with Marc Succi, MD, a physician at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and is designed to help health care professionals sift among new journal articles for the highest quality evidence.  2 Minute Medicine focuses on identifying the highest impact medical literature and interpreting those articles for health care professionals.

2 Minute Medicine is available via AccessMedicine; a link appears in both the Readings area and the AccessMedicine homepage.  Each 2 Minute Medicine item provides:
  • Bullet points describing the primary findings of the article.
  • An evidence rating level
  • A study rundown describing past research on this topic and this study's findings
  • Links to the full-text of the original study
  • In-depth - a more detailed look at the methodology and results of the study.
AccessMedicine is available from the Himmelfarb Library homepage and provides access to more than 100 full-text books including Harrison's Principles of Internal MedicineGoodman & Gilman's: The Pharmacological Basis of TherapeuticsHurst's The Heart, and Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine.  AccessMedicine also provides access to numerous Lange titles, videos, case files and cases, and self-assessment tools.

digilockHimmelfarb Library has 10 charging lockers available for your electronic devices.  Lock up your phone, tablet, or iPad between classes, as you study, whenever! The locker tower is next to the New Books bookshelf and emergency exit on the first floor. These lockers are available by check-out on a first come, first served basis.

To use a locker, choose a locker and tell Circulation which number.  They will check that locker out to you for 4 hours. You can plug in up to two devices in the locker – don’t forget your charging cables!  When you return to claim your device(s), have the Circulation staff check the locker back in.

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networkProQuest will be updating its systems infrastructure for an eight (8) hour period beginning at 10:00 PM ET on Saturday, March 12.  During this time, the following Proquest resources will not be available:  Proquest Research Library Plus (including full-text journal articles), ProQuest Environmental Science Collection, and RefWorks.


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vegetable gardenEver thought about going vegan or vegetarian? Looking to eat healthier food that actually tastes good? Swing by room 202 in Himmelfarb Library on March 22nd from 4:00-5:00 and sample delicious dishes and get your questions answered by Kate Sherwood of the Center for Science in the Public Interest and contributing author to Nutrition Action Healthletter.

Registration is FREE but space is limited so register today at

Did you know that plant-based eating has been linked to improvements in bone health, metabolism, stress levels, cardiovascular disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and inflammation? It is also better for the environment and promotes ethical, sustainable living!


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Himmelfarb Library has found a great new resource for our students, faculty and staff!

bioPreprint is a one-stop-shop for research articles from pre-print databases, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Sciences Library System.

What is a pre-print database? It is a database to which scientists submit their pre-published work, typically in exchange for feedback prior to submitting to journals. Articles in preprint databases are not peer-reviewed, but are heavily screened for plagiarism and other offenses.

Many biomedical journals support what is called the “pre-print movement,” although not all accept research that has been pre-published. But with the growing need for up-to-date research, as demonstrated with the outbreak of the Zika virus, more journals may change their tune.

Prior to bioPreprint, there was no easy way to find pre-printed research articles, especially since these databases are not indexed. Fortunately, now the latest research can be found quickly and simply.


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gwresearchdaysRamp Up for Research Day Workshop: Tips for Designing an Effective Poster

Need help designing your poster for GW Research Day? Sign-up and learn the basics on how to create an effective research poster, the best layout design to display your findings.

Upcoming Workshops:

Go here to see the recorded workshops:

The ABCs of Abstract Writing, Dr. Linda Werling (January 21, 2016)

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