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Stuck at home during the pandemic? You are not alone. When it comes to research, the library still has plenty of resources you can use, even from a safe distance.

Himmelfarb Library has introduced a new search option that makes it easier for you to find online books, articles and other materials. When searching via Health Information @ Himmelfarb on the library's home page, you will now automatically search our "Online Access" collection and retrieve only books, articles, and other materials that you can access remotely. Once you've identified a resource you want, use the Available Online links to connect and either login with your GW NetID and password when prompted or connect to the GW VPN to gain access automatically.

The Online Access option is currently set as the default search option while the library building is closed, but the full range of search options is still available. We hope this change makes it easier for you to get the information you need, faster!

Speaking of resources...have you heard about Gideon?

What is it? 

Gideon is an infectious disease database that allows Himmelfarb users to access information about diagnoses for a wide variety of diseases (including COVID-19) and serves as a fantastic epidemiology reference.  You can use Gideon for:

  • Diagnosis: enter patient information to view differential diagnoses and review treatment and country information.
  • Research: Uncover new infectious diseases and pathogens in nearly every country around the globe.
  • Epidemiology: Dig deep into the epidemiology and underlying organisms of every disease
  • Mapping: More than 350 global maps to help illustrate position and scope of outbreaks

Access Gideon to explore this resource check out the online tutorial to learn more about this resource. Gideon is available to the GW community until May 23, 2020 courtesy of Wolters Kluwer.

Lexicomp drug databaseLexicomp is a comprehensive clinical drug information app including Lexi-Drugs, a drug interaction tool, and an extensive library of clinical calculators.  Lexicomp is available both via web access and as an app that you can install on your phone, iPad or other handheld device.

The Lexicomp is free and Himmelfarb Library’s subscription allows you to install Lexicomp‘s high-quality drug information to your phone, iPad, or other handheld device.

App Instructions

  1. Access Lexi-Comp then click on Mobile Access Codes.
  2. Select your platform (iPhone/iPad or Android) and if you are a new or existing customer, then copy the authorization code provided.
  3. Renewals: access and login with your Lexicomp login/password.  New users: Create a personal Lexicomp account then login to your Lexicomp account.
  4. In the Subscriptions section, locate Add a Subscription by Code, then paste the authorization code.
  5. You will receive an email with a 5-character PIN at your registered email address; enter the PIN into the Verify PIN field then click Verify.
  6. Click Finish
  7. On your phone/iPad/handheld, open the Lexicomp app and select Update.

You can find additional clinical apps on Himmelfarb Library’s App Shelf. Please contact Laura Abate ( with questions.

The expanded Research Guide is a one stop for the latest health care and public health focused news, research, literature resources, and clinical guidelines on COVID-19.  It also includes the latest University news and resources for the GW health care community.

The News page includes breaking news, regularly updated newsfeeds like Kaiser Health News and NEJM’s Physician First Watch, and podcasts. Check out JAMA’s regular Q&A’s on COVID-19 for CME credit and CDC’s weekly COCA calls.

The Literature, Database and Data Resources page has portals developed by trusted publishers like BMJ, Springer Nature, and Wiley, and targeted search services like NLM’s LitCovid. Datasets include those that populate Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Dashboard and sequence data from NLM Genbank.

Additional pages support clinical, laboratory, and infection control services, and resources for specific medical specialties. Among these are Airway & Management guidelines by Dr. Jeffrey Berger, GW Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and a Critical Care Primer on resources for non-ICU clinicians called on to support ICU patients, developed by Laura Abate at Himmelfarb.  Also access Master Protocols from University of Washington and UCSF here.

Public health and emergency management resources include tracking maps and dashboards, as well as critical resources from CDC and WHO (daily situation summaries and guidance). State and local public health department COVID-19 information and emergency management agencies are also listed.

The guide will be updated regularly and we encourage you to share any resources we’ve missed by emailing  As always, our team of health sciences librarians is here to assist you with using any of these resources or other information needs at this time. Email us or chat us Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-8pm and Friday 8:30am-5pm.

The Himmelfarb Library Scholarly Communications Committee continues its webinar series, “Get Yourself Published; Promote Your Research,” with a new video out today. The series guides you through the publication process and also highlights resources that are useful in promoting your research articles. Webinars are published bi-weekly and are located on the Himmelfarb Library’s website

In this week’s webinar, ‘Measuring Impact: Quantifying the Effects of Your Research,’  Thomas Harrod will discuss metrics and how researchers can use it to measure the impact of their research. 

"How do you determine the value and impact of a published article? In this webinar, we’ll look at the two most common ways of accomplishing this task, including using traditional metrics (citations-based) and the newer altmetrics. We’ll explore some of the common examples of each of these metrics and we’ll also look at some Himmelfarb Library resources you can use to access this data and apply it to your own work."

This webinar goes live Wednesday, March 25 at noon! Be sure to save the dates for April's webinars.

ORCIDs: Maintaining Your Online Identity: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12pm EST

Copyright for Authors: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12pm EST

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We are thrilled to let you know the GW Writing Center has reopened in online status starting today, Tuesday, March 24th! Writing Center hours for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester will be:

  • Sunday 5PM-10PM EST
  • Monday - Thursday 9AM-9PM EST
  • Friday 9AM-3PM EST

All appointments for the remainder of the semester will be held via Zoom. The Writing Center has used Zoom for distance appointments with GW's online students for the past two years, so Writing Center consultants are already familiar with it. Additionally, all appointments will be 50 minutes to ensure consultants and clients have enough time to get substantive work done.

You can schedule an appointment, chat with a front desk assistant via WebEx, or review their COVID-19 policies on the Writing Center website.

Digital book

Students, faculty and staff in GW's SMHS, SON and Milken School of Public Health have full access to the collections and services of the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library online.  Many  major public health and health sciences textbooks are available online to support coursework, plus databases and research tools are accessible to find information and manage citations and bibliographies while audiovisual and multimedia resources support research and education.  The Library regularly offers webinars to teach students how to use these resources.

Himmelfarb librarians are available 64 hours each week, including evenings and weekends, to provide consultations and support via web conference, e-mail, and instant messaging.  Himmelfarb librarians are experienced in conducting systematic reviews and supporting culminating experiences. Students, faculty and staff also have full access to the electronic collections of the University Library.

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library provides the following resources:


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PA Exam Prep (formerly PAEasy) is an online tool designed to help you prepare for the PANCE and PANRE.


With its bank of 1700+ questions, PA Exam Prep can generate random practice quizzes for you. You may also create customized quizzes tailored to specific areas of study:

  • Choose your level of difficulty.
  • Establish keywords that should appear in the quizzes.
  • Define your learning objectives from among:
    • Areas of focus (family medicine, emergency medicine, OB/GYN, etc.)
    • Organ systems (cardiovascular, EENT, hematologic, etc.)
    • Task areas (history taking, ordering labs, pharmaceutical therapeutics, etc.)
  • Choose among three test modes: Practice, Test, and Simulation (simulates the actual exam).

Test your knowledge of the human body with 100 full-color Anatomy flash cards.

PA Exam Prep provides both quiz and course performance summaries. You’ll receive updated skills reports in all program areas.

After entering your scheduled PANCE/PANRE test date, use the Study Plan to choose your preferred pace of study with a prep mode (aggressive, moderate, relaxed) to help you reach your target.


Visit Himmelfarb Library and search our E-Databases page. Or use the VPN to connect to the E-Databases page from off-campus. Just create a free account and you’re ready to go!

Diagram shows which Linking Open Data datasets are connected, as of August 2014Recently, an increased number of data papers has been published – that is, articles which point users to high quality datasets and  describe how those datasets were created.  Unlike traditional publications, data papers don’t interpret or analyze the data.  The goal of these papers is to bring valuable datasets to the wider research community so that researchers can use them to identify new relationships within the datasets.  However, similar to traditional articles, data papers do usually undergo a standard peer review process.
There are many reasons why a researcher might publish a data paper.  The most obvious reason being to maximize the utility of their data by allowing other researchers to identify new patterns and relationships within their dataset.  Additionally, researchers may choose to publish datasets containing
‘negative’ or inconclusive data which might have otherwise been filed away, never to be made available to the research community at large.  Furthermore, as they are published in recognized journals, it’s possible for researchers to receive recognition (and valuable impact statistics) for their datasets through citations from subsequent articles which make use of the data.
Some examples of data journals include:
If you have questions about making your datasets more accessible to other
researchers or accessing datasets, please contact the Himmelfarb Health Science Library’s Research Support Librarian, Tom Harrod (
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Most of us are aware of the critical information resources on COVID-19 provided by the CDC and WHO. Many trusted publishers and literature search services in the health sciences now have devoted sites with resources for health care and public health professionals. These resources and more are now available on Himmelfarb’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research Guide.

Here’s a sampling of resources on the guide:

Along with these resources you can find trusted sources for news, clinical guidelines, drug trials, health department information, and protective measures for health care professionals on the Research Guide

Do you know of resources not included on our guide that you would like to recommend? Send them to or

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During the week of March 16, Himmelfarb Library's hours have been changed:

The library will be open for use and Circulation Services will be available:
  • Monday, March 16 - Thursday, March 19:  8:00am until midnight
  • Friday, March 20:  8:00 am until 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 21 - Sunday, March 22:  8:00 am until 6:00 pm
The Library's Reference Desk will provide service to users during normal hours via remote options including instant message, email, and text. Please Ask a Librarian - we are ready to provide reference and research support!
  • Monday, March 16 - Thursday, March 19:  8:30 am until 8:00 pm
  • Friday, March 20:  8:30 am until 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 21:  12:00 pm until 5:00 pm

All electronic collections are available: 24/7.  For instructions on remote access, please refer to our off-campus access page.

Consortium Loan Service will have normal operations; Documents2Go service will provide normal services for electronic holdings; services for print items will not be available.  If the status of these services changes, we will provide updated information.

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