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Find the App Shelf on our home page under Contact Us!

Ever wondered what mobile apps Himmelfarb Library provides access to? Find them in our App Shelf!

The Himmelfarb App Shelf provides a handy entry point to all the mobile apps Himmelfarb provides access to. Some require a bit of set up, while others you can just download and go. You can find detailed instructions and a download link to the App Store by clicking on the individual app.

We have a selection of clinical and point of care apps available, with our top recommendations being DynaMed, LexiComp, and Epocrates Plus. While these apps would normally require a subscription purchase, Himmelfarb offers them to students, faculty, and staff at no charge. Simply follow the instructions on the associated app page to download and install. A little tip from personal experience: use a laptop or desktop for the initial set up, and be sure to log in to the library’s website or the VPN first.

We also have some great quality-of-life apps, like Browzine. Browzine lets you save your favorite e-journals to a personalized bookshelf where you can browse new issues and articles, as well as save them for off-line reading.

Need a productivity boost? Our Productivity App Shelf can help! Find a variety of note-taking apps, PDF readers, and even our wēpa Print app so you can print to our kiosks right from your phone or iPad.

If you have any questions or run into installation issues, please email us at We’re here to help!

A Special Collections gallery is now available in Health Information @ Himmelfarb, the library’s catalog and discovery service.  You can now browse through special collections contents or search easily within a collection.

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To access, click the Special Collections option from the top Health Information @ Himmelfarb menu as shown below. 

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The following collections and resource lists are currently available:

Note that some collection items may not appear in the gallery due to current quarantine restrictions. 

To search within a collection, use the Search inside the collection button at the top of the resource list.  You can also change the default sort using the Sort Items button. 

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To see availability and location of collection items, open the full record and check the Get It area. 

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Many collections include electronic content. Healthy Living collection books and the Humanities and Health collection are located in the alcove on the first floor. Equipment and the Historical Collections are kept behind the first floor Circulation Desk.

To inquire about collections availability or learn about borrowing options while library access is restricted, contact the Himmelfarb Circulation Desk at or 202-994-2962.

Stacy Brody

Stacy Brody is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Himmelfarb Library. Recently, she published “UMLS users and uses: a current overview” in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association based on her research during a fellowship with the National Library of Medicine. We asked Stacy what advice she might have for other early career researchers looking to publish their research. 


Q: How did you get the idea for your research? Was it a case report?

A: I conducted the research as part of my fellowship year at the National Library of Medicine. The general concept was proposed by my advisors and was part of a larger effort. 


Q: How did you structure your research?

A: We conducted a scoping review pilot project. We did not quite know, at first, how to go about collecting the information we wanted. I had heard of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, but we did not have a question that could be answered by these methods. We were interested not in the results presented in research articles but in the methods and tools used. We needed a landscape view, a map of the research. We wanted to know what was out there! There are many types of reviews, and the scoping review method fit our needs.


Q: How did you find time to research and polish your publication?

A: Fortunately, the bulk of the research and initial writing were built into the fellowship year. I found it difficult to make time, after leaving that program, to keep tabs on the progress of the work, which grew to incorporate additional research data.


Q: How did you select a journal for your research?

A: We chose an association journal. We knew members of that association would be interested in learning about our work. We did not consider impact factor - only relevance to the journal audience.


Q: Was your research ultimately published by the first journal that you approached?

A: Yes - the topic was a good fit for the journal.


Q: Is there anything that you learned about the publication process that you would like to share with other researchers?

A: Team members may be more or less involved at different parts of the process - and that is ok! I was heavily involved in the beginning of the work. My collaborators were able to continue after I left the fellowship, and they brought on additional hands as needed. What was important was being able to share files and make sure team members knew how/where to find documents needed to finalize the piece. 


Be sure to 

  • Document. Document. Document. 
  • Save files in a drive team members can access even after you leave
  • Name files so that your collaborators know what they are!


Q: How did you work with your professor or adviser during the publication process?

A: My colleagues handled interactions with the publisher. They alerted me when I needed to create an account with the publisher.  


In previous publishing experience, where I have been sole or lead author, I have learned that I will need to

  • ensure my ORCID iD is linked, 
  • review manuscripts before publishing, 
  • name and store files so that it is easy to upload (and sometimes re-upload images) to meet standards, and 
  • When necessary, make sure the article is deposited in PMC (if you are NIH-funded, for instance).


Q: Is there anything that your professor or adviser did during the publication process that you found helpful?

A:I was thankful my adviser handled most of the publication process. With multi-authored papers, it can be challenging to make sure everyone has completed their piece of the puzzle, whether it is signing off on a final draft before submission or creating accounts with the publisher. Having one person oversee that (and prod people to get things done!) is helpful! She was also able to ensure the publication was published in accordance with NIH guidelines, as the work was completed while I was a fellow.

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Are you in the process of publishing a scholarly article? Do you plan on using your article in a class you are teaching? Want to share your article with colleagues? Maybe you’d like to modify the work in the future or archive your work in Himmelfarb’s institutional repository, the Health Sciences Research Commons. Doing any of these things may be in direct violation of the agreement you sign with the publisher prior to your work being published. 

An important consideration to keep in mind when choosing a journal is author rights. Many traditional publishers include language in author agreements that transfers most, if not all, of an author's right to their work to the publisher. Most publishers don’t even try to hide the fact that authors are signing away the rights to their works - publishers often call these agreements “Copyright Transfer Agreements.” These agreements limit the authors ability to archive, share, use, modify or display their work once it has been published. Before you sign an agreement with a publisher, consider including an addendum to ensure that you retain certain rights to reuse and share your work. 

One option is to submit a SPARC Author Addendum that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to maintain the right to create derivative works, authorize others to share and reuse your work (for non-commercial purposes), and to distribute your work in class or to colleagues for educational purposes. You could also use the available GW custom author addendum. For more information about negotiating author rights, take a look at the Author Rights page of our Scholarly Publishing Guide or contact Himmelfarb’s Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian, Sara Hoover (



AAMC: Journals for COVID-19 ResearchDo you have important COVID-19 related research, but are unsure of where to publish? The Medical Education Research Scholarship and Evaluation (MESRE) Section of AAMC’s Group of Education Affairs has put together an annotated bibliography of journals targeting COVID-19 related research to help!

Many of the nearly 50 journals listed in the bibliography either have special calls for articles or are accepting COVID-19 related pieces. This bibliography provides information about special issues, submission guidelines, and more.   The goal of the MESRE is to "enhance the quality of research in medical education and to promote its application to educational practice." and additional information is available on the MESRE website.  

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As we've moved into the 2nd half of 2020, we have seen many changes - to our routines, our lifestyles, and our habits. Instead of attending classes in person, we reach out to each other online. While we may be more accustomed to this stay-at-home lifestyle, it is important that we don’t neglect our physical health and our dietary needs.

Did you know that the American Heart Association has a collection of recipes that are both good for your body and for your wallet?

Why not try their take on one of my personal favorites, Huevos Rancheros! Their recipe is not only loaded with key nutrients and vegetables,  but it’s also low in salt, and packed with protein and fiber. Or if you are one of the many of us with a sweet tooth, try their Grilled Fruit Kebab recipe. Kiss those cravings for chocolate goodbye with a bit of honey, and some natural fructose to replace the processed stuff.

The American Heart Association recipes contains a special section that is specific for those who are on a tight budget. Sign me up for their Tuscan Bean soup, or their Tandoori Chicken with Brown Rice! 

If you are really trying to get the most out of your dollar, EatingWell has several recipes that serve up to 4 people for $5.00 or less!

Busy at home? You are not alone. As most schools are currently functioning with limited access, it can be very difficult to find the time to cook while there are other responsibilities that require your attention. If you have a slow cooker, EatingWell also has some great suggestions for some coffee-braised brisket and a savory barbecue snack mix.

Times may have changed, but that does not mean that your diet has to suffer. Don’t forget to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Stay healthy, and don’t forget: We are here for you.


Further reading can be found at:

American Heart Association Recipes

EatingWell Healthy Dinner Recipes

EatingWell Dinners That Serve 4 for $5 or Less

During the first two weeks of August, librarian instructors gathered data to learn what fuels the class of 2024. In a thoroughly unscientific and unsystematic poll, we asked our first-year medical students about their favorite non-alcoholic beverage preferences. This was not intended to be a formal data-gathering exercise. Rather, we hoped to use it as an icebreaker, a way to get to know each other as the library orientation was moved online. 


While the most popular response appears to be coffee, iced coffee, and espresso drinks, aligning perhaps with the stereotype of medical students, I ask you to pause and ask how the question was framed - perhaps we librarian instructors influenced responses by how we asked the question or by offering our own preferences.

Any time there is data, there is room to question. How was the data collected and who collected it? How is it presented and how might we visualize it?

Librarian instructors collected the data via email or Google Forms. Each librarian sent individual emails to students in their small groups and might have presented the question differently, according to their individual personalities. Some librarians offered set response options whereas others allowed free text. Data points were grouped into categories for ease of analysis and presentation. 

126 students answered the question, providing a range of responses. As noted, responses were grouped into larger categories for analysis. The librarian responsible for data analysis (this post’s author) acknowledges others may have grouped the responses differently. Personally, I enjoy seltzer and sparkling water and maintain that as a separate category. Another analyst may group these with soda. Consider: When life gives you lemonade, do you group it with fruit juices?

We are excited to work with the class of 2024 and wish them the best throughout their careers here at GW and beyond. 


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Are you looking for a quiet study room at Himmelfarb Library?  Before you pull out your books and laptop, please make sure you reserve the room. In order to comply with the GW’s COVID-19 regulations, we now require that any study room you occupy must be reserved online. This helps the library to gauge when we are nearing seating capacity (which is currently less than half of our normal capacity), and it assists GW with contact tracing.

Look around the library for signs with a QR code that will take you directly to our Study Rooms Reservation page.  Or scan the QR code below to reserve a room now!

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Scan this code to reserve a study room.

For information on study room reservations, visit our Study Rooms Reservation page.


Himmelfarb Library: We're Here For You!

As we begin the Fall 2020 semester, we know that this semester is going to be different than other semesters. With most classes moving online, and a very few operating via a hybrid model, we all have to adapt to a new way of learning, teaching, studying, and conducting research. While we’re all doing things a little bit differently these days, Himmelfarb Library wants you to know that we are still here for you

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