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refworksx2Last summer, Himmelfarb Library began offering users the choice of RefWorks Legacy and a new version of RefWorks.  Himmelfarb Library continues to offer access to both RefWorks Legacy and RefWorks New and wanted to provide some information to help you differentiate these tools.

Generally, both tools provide provide core functionality including:
  • Citation library
  • Automatic export from Health Information @ Himmelfarb, CINAHL Plus with Full-Text, Scopus, and MEDLINE (Ovid), and easy import of citations from PubMed
  • Customized folders
  • Bibliography and in-text citation creation in APA, AMA, and hundreds of other citation formates
There are specific features that can provide a tipping point for users deciding between the two tools:
  • Find Duplicates - Both the legacy and new RefWorks tools offer Find Duplicates functionality, but this feature works better and more consistently in RefWorks Legacy.  If you're conducting a systematic review or other project which requires finding and eliminating duplicates, RefWorks Legacy is the better tool for you.
  • Cite in Google Docs - Both the legacy and new RefWorks provide a Microsoft Word tool to create in-text citations and a bibliography, but RefWorks New provides a similar tool which works in Google Docs.  If you would like to use RefWorks in Google Docs, RefWorks (New) is a better tool for you.
    • To activate the RefWorks New tool in Google Docs: open a blank document and select “Add-ons” then “Get Add-ons” and search for “ProQuest RefWorks”.  Once you find it, just click on the “free” button to add it to your account.

Himmelfarb Library will continue to offer RefWorks Legacy and RefWorks New through spring 2017 and will assess the feasibility of transitioning all users to RefWorks New in summer 2017.

gwresearchdaysAre you ready for research day?

  • Don't forget to submit your abstract!  The deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
  • Sign up for a workshop to learn more about effective poster content and design:

Workshop: An Overview of Effective Poster Content and Design
Designing a poster can be challenging. Learn best practices on what content to include to effectively display your results, data and conclusions as well as common mistakes to avoid.
Date: 02/22/2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Ross Hall, Room 201 & online via WebEx


  • What are the steps involved in getting published?
  • Can you identify a predatory publisher?
  • How can you boost your researcher profile and expand the reach of your scholarly works?
  • How can you make sure you’re complying with federal funder requirements?

Himmelfarb Library's upcoming series, Updates in Scholarly Communications: Publishing, Impact, and Visibility, will address all of these questions.  Mark these sessions on your calendar to learn more about publishing, measuring the impact of your research, and promoting your publications.

Compliance with NIH Public Access Policies
Date: 03/22/2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Ross Hall, Rm. 227
Predatory Publishing: What You Don’t Know, Can Hurt You!
Date: 03/29/2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Ross Hall, Lobby C
Writing a Successful Scientific Article Abstract

Date: 04/12/2017
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: Ross Hall, Lobby C

Promoting Your Research - Tips and Strategies

Date: 04/19/2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Ross Hall, Lobby C

Experiences with Open Access Publishing

Date: 04/26/2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Ross Hall, Rm. 227

Establishing Your Scholarly Web Presence
Date: 05/03//2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Himmelfarb Library, Rm. B103

storyAcademic Medicine recently published an infographic describing how to write a more engaging research paper by approaching it as an opportunity to tell a story via the introduction, discussion, and conclusion.
The infographic is explicit that the methods and results must remain accurate and clear, but also suggests that approaching the paper as a story can enhance it by making the paper 'understandable, compelling, and memorable."

The infographic details how a story might be told in specific portions of the paper including describing why the issue matters in the introduction and what what might be the next story to be told in the conclusion.

Lingard, L., & Watling, C. (2016). It's a Story, Not a Study: Writing an Effective Research PaperAcademic Medicine, 91(12), e12.


This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the Himmelfarb Library Art Show! We will be accepting submissions from March 13th through the 31st in preparation for our Opening Reception on Thursday April 6th.  All artwork will be on display on the first floor of Himmelfarb Library until May 5th. Past submissions have included photography, paintings, jewelry, and more!  All students, staff, and faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and GW Hospital are invited to participate.

We encourage Distance Education students, faculty, and staff to participate as well in our Virtual Art Show.  Check out last year’s Virtual Art Show here.
Questions?  Email Synneva Elthon at

heartsforhimmelfarbStop by the library to take a study break and make a Valentine’s Day bookmark!  It's perfect for your secret crush, your Best Study Friend, or to keep for yourself.

Visit the Study Break area of the library to collect your bookmark and ribbon and make a quick and easy gift!  Share your creation on Instagram with the tags #healthyhimmelfarb and #heartsforhimmelfarb and then stop by the Circulation Desk for a sweet treat!

Hurry, though, because supplies are limited and Valentine's Day is less than a week away!


What does it mean to be Deaf?  This question is explored by a Yale University exhibit that demonstrates deafness as both an audiological condition as well as a shared language and culture.

Himmelfarb Library is featuring Yale University’s Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library’s exhibit entitled “Deaf: Cultures and Communication, 1600 to the Present.”  This exhibit is being shown on the first floor monitor in Himmelfarb, with an accompanying book exhibit of audiology materials in the display case.

The exhibit explores the history of audiological medical advances, education, and popular culture influences of the Deaf Community.

The online exhibit will be featured until Friday April 1.

Want to see more?  Follow the link to see the full online exhibit:

Deaf: Cultures and Communication, 1600 to the Present” [Electronic Image]. (2016). Retrieved from

acadmedThe rise of open access publishing through legitimate publishing venues has opened the door for predatory publishers to take advantage of and profit from researchers seeking to publish the results of their research. Predatory publishers threaten the quality of medical literature via non-existent or sham peer-review processes, unstable publishing platforms which may disappear suddenly and inadequate and/or unqualified editorial oversight.

Predatory publishers may provide false information by listing editorial board members without the individual's knowledge or consent, and by providing incorrect impact factor information. Predatory publishers may also charge exorbitant or unexpected Article Processing Charges.

A recent article in the February 2017 issue of Academic Medicine tackled the issue of predatory publishing and offered possible solutions for protecting medical literature from this threat. The goal of predatory publishers is to provide “rapid and loose reviews leading to speedy publication in exchange for hefty publication fees” (Harvey & Weinstein,  2016, p. 150).

One common tactic of predatory publishers is to send mass e-mails to physicians and researchers in an effort to solicit article submissions. Many physicians and researchers respond with submissions in an effort to increase their publication numbers.  Unfortunately, academic physicians and scientists are easy prey for these publishers as the number of publications often outweighs the quality of publications when considered for promotion and tenure.

Predatory publishers often claim to have a strict peer review process, when in reality, no such peer review process actually exists. The article discusses how a correspondent for Science “submitted a purposefully flawed scientific paper with meaningless results to 304 suspect journals. A responsible peer review process would have promptly rejected the paper, yet over half of the journals accepted it” (Harvey & Weinstein,  2016, p. 150).

The article does offer some possible steps to fight back against predatory publishing:

  • Increase awareness of the existence of predatory publishers and educate faculty on the importance of carefully judging their sources of biomedical information and the journals in which they choose to publish.
  • Promotion and tenure committees can make an impact by excluding publications in predatory journals from consideration when evaluating faculty, requiring mandatory inclusion of retractions on faculty CV’s, and considering mandatory sanctions for repeated retractions or duplicate publications.
  • Scientific organizations should consider creating panels responsible for developing strategies to fight predatory publishing practices.

If you would like help determining whether or not a journal is a predatory publisher, take a look at Himmelfarb’s Scholarly Publishing Research Guide, or contact Ruth Bueter, Serials and Systems Librarian.

gwresearchdaysParticipating in GW Research Day?

Sign-up for Himmelfarb's Ramp Up for Research Day Workshop series designed to help students create their abstracts and posters for GW Research Day.

Creating a poster can be challenging. Learn best practices on what content to include to effectively display your results, data and conclusions as well as common mistakes to avoid.  The Overview of Effective Poster Content and Design Workshop can be attended either on-campus or online via GW WebEx.

What: An Overview of Effective Poster Content and Design Workshop
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Ross Hall, Room 201

*** Reminder - Deadline for abstracts is Tuesday, February 28, 2017 ***

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