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In 2020 we faced the challenge of a worldwide Pandemic that has changed many of our lives. From relocating ourselves and our belongings to other states to limiting our errands and taking extra sanitary precautions, being on lock-down has taken its toll on many not only physically, but mentally as well.

That being said, there are many ways that you can take care of your mental health while still abiding by social distancing guidelines. Unsure of what you can do? Here are some ideas:

  • Make a new daily outdoor resolution.

    • Does being indoors so frequently get you down? You are not alone, being inside for so long can make anyone restless! Make it a daily goal to get outside just once, even if it’s a short stroll to the mailbox or spending an afternoon out on your balcony or patio. Even a short time spent outdoors can help you reap the benefits of some fresh air and vitamin D. Want to avoid any crowds? Get outside early. Not sure where to go? You can always take a few laps around some of the city’s athletic fields which are open as of May 29th. 

  • Start a garden.

    • Never tried gardening before? What better time to start than now? There are a variety of flowers, herbs, and vegetables that can be grown both outdoors and indoors. Find seeds, plants and tools online or at your local grocer or hardware store. The internet has countless resources for gardening basics and tips, depending on what you would like to grow.

  • Stop by your local Public library.

    • While operating on a limited basis, there are several locations of the DC Public Library that are open for curbside pickup. Further information on which locations are open can be found on the Mayor’s Website. 

  • Try a new recipe.

    • Never had the time to bake or cook due to a busy schedule? Why not use this time to bust out those pots, pans and baking sheets and put them to good use! No recipe is too simple or complex. Treat yourself to some french toast, or homemade pizza. Impress your roommate and your pets with this simple two ingredient pizza dough recipe which will not only cost a fraction of standard delivery, but will taste delicious too!

These are challenging times for all. We cannot stress how important it is not only to be mindful of social distancing guidelines, but to take care of yourself too. Stay safe, and study hard. We are excited to be back and to see you at Himmelfarb!

Stack of papersDo you want to utilize a diagram from a published article in your own publication, but are unsure whether you should do so? Do you have questions about fair use? In this webinar we explore many of the most common copyright questions that authors encounter while putting together an article.

The final installment of our Scholarly Communications Webinar series will be released on Wednesday, May 20th at noon EST. Copyright for Authors is provided by Anne Linton, Himmelfarb Library's director, and Sara Hoover, our Metadata and Scholarly Publishing librarian. This session will help you learn more about the importance of copyright and how you can safely avoid infringing on guidelines. They will also address Fair Use and other common copyright questions.

More information can be found on our Scholarly Publishing webpage. The Himmelfarb team looks forward to hearing your questions about Fair use, and copyright!

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.

One of the most challenging aspects of writing an article can be finding a location to publish it. This can be confusing especially in a time where the more traditional publishing models are changing. This is precisely why you should watch Part I of our 2020 Scholarly Communications webinar series!

Part I: Introduction to Scholarly Publishing

Join our Reference and Instructional Librarian, Paul Levett to explore both traditional and new publishing models. During this pre-recorded session Paul will explore what methods we are seeing less of, and what Publishing approaches are becoming a trend. It can also be beneficial to acquire more information about the pros and cons of Open Access publishing, and how Article Processing Charges (APCs) might affect you.

Your work is important. At GW, we understand the effort and research that goes into writing an article.  Himmelfarb Library wants to help prepare you to make decisions regarding publishing your article.

These sessions are pre-recorded and can be viewed at any time once they are released. Check out our 2020 Scholarly Communications Events @ Himmelfarb link for more information.

New development is in! On February 10th, we are releasing our new Documents2Go interface which will make requesting articles, books, and book chapters through InterLibrary Loan a lot more clear, concise and it will also be easier to keep track of your current requests as well.

Making a request is fairly straightforward. To place a new request, simply click on the “New Request” button on the toolbar at the top, and specify the material type (article, book or book chapter) . From there you will be asked to provide citation information; journal or book title, authors and even page numbers will help us to quickly track down your item.

On average, articles generally take 24-72 hours to be fulfilled. Delivery time varies on the availability of the article or book, and the response time of the library that receives your request. Keep in mind, we are submitting your requests to libraries throughout the country, the process can take a little while to hear back from all of them.

Book requests generally take 1-2 weeks to receive although depending on rarity, availability, popularity, and the location the book is being shipped from, this may take longer. If your book is available through the Consortial Loan Service, use the link to submit a Consortium Loan Service request.

Tip: Remember to login to Health Information @ Himmelfarb so the Documents2Go and Consortial Loan Service request forms display automatically!

If you are uncertain about a status or have any further questions about Documents2Go or the InterLibrary Loan process, please contact us at

Did you know that you can borrow books from Georgetown, Howard, and other DC university libraries and have them delivered to you at Himmelfarb? 

What is it? To put it simply, the WRLC is an agreement between libraries in the Washington D.C area that allows us to share materials between other libraries within the vicinity. Thanks to the WRLC courier system, we generally receive books within 2-4 business days from the time that the request was made, (if materials are available at the requested library) and more often than not, Consortium Loan Service (CLS) books come with a generous check out period. This option is a great way to save some money and time compared to common hassles of standard shipping.

If you would like to place a Consortium Loan Service (CLS) request, make sure to follow these steps:

  1. Use the Health Information @ Himmelfarb search box on Himmelfarb's homepage to locate a book.  Remember to switch the search to Articles + GW and Consortium Libraries.
  2. Sign in using your GW NetID and password, then click on Consortium Loan Service Request (2-3 Day Delivery) under "How to get it".
  3. Select George Washington University Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, or select a different location, if preferred.  When your book arrives, you will be notified via email to come and pick up your request.

As always, if you are looking for a medical article, monograph, or if the book you are looking for isn't available via the Consortium, feel free to check out our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery Services.   Himmelfarb users can also make requests through Documents2Go by using their GW NetID  and password to log in.

If you have any questions about Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery Services or Documents2Go, please contact  If you have any questions about Consortium Loan Service requests, please contact our Acquisitions and Resource Sharing Librarian, Ian Roberts at


Did you know that Himmelfarb Library provides a specialized web page available to our GW Hospital users? Here you will be able to find access to databases, ebooks, and e-journals that are available to you.

Himmelfarb’s website for GW Hospital users tries to maximize access and convenience:

  • No login required: resources listed can be accessed without logging in.
  • Automatic display of customized webpage; simply locate the Himmelfarb web page from a GWU Hospital location it will display automatically.

Information tools are optimized for clinical use and include:

  • DynaMed: evidence-based, clinically organized topics that are constantly updated as the study of medicine grows. The content ranges from comprehensive reviews of diseases and conditions, to abnormal findings based on differential diagnosis and management. You can also download the DynaMed mobile app to get easy access on your mobile devices!
  • Lexicomp: comprehensive clinical drug information includes access to a drug interaction checker, drug ID Tool, and calculators.
  • ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey for Nursing: full-text access to key books, journals, drug information, clinical overviews and more.

To explore the full selection of resources available to GW Hospital users, select Databases, Hospital e-Journals, or Hospital e-Books from the homepage.  Each of these pages will help you locate resources that can be accessed from the GW Hospital and without entering a login/password. If you have a GW NetID, you can view a complete list of available resources by changing to the default library webpage or by changing the view on an individual page (i.e. toggling from Hospital E-Journals to All E-Journals.

If you have questions, please contact!




Out with the old and in with the new. If you’re feeling any regret after all those Holiday cookies, or goals long forgotten in 2019, don’t worry, you’re not alone. With the change of the calendar year, many of us take the time to reflect on not only the past year, but to also look ahead and ask ourselves “What do I want to change this year?” 

Before jumping on the bandwagon and hastily filling out a list of things you want to accomplish in 2020, it might be a good idea to simply stop and think about yourself. Ask yourself: “Have I made any new year resolutions in the past, and if so, did I stick with them?” If not, why not? What lead you astray in what you set out to tackle? This may be key to not only helping you think differently about any future goals, but to challenge yourself to have a wider perspective so that you can lay out specific and measurable goals.

Not sure where to start? The National Kidney Foundation has a great example of laying out SMART goals on their website. A New Year, a New You: 5 Tips to Make Achieving Your Goals Possible

Remember, there is no need to rush the creation of your SMART goals. Attainable, realistic goals take time to measure out and to plan for. As awesome as it would be, most goals are not as simply obtained as checking off items in a shopping list. It can be difficult to be accountable to ourselves sometimes, even harder to check back in the weeks after the new years to track our progress. Don’t fret, no one is perfect. Even if you slip or miss a few steps of progress, you can always keep working towards your goal. Make it a task to set aside some time for you to ask yourself “Where am I at with this goal?”, “What is working, and what is not?”, “What are some things I need to change to make this happen?” 

No resolution is too big or too small. (Even if you’re looking to just improve your posture!) Real Simple has some excellent suggestions for smaller, and easier to obtain goals in their article: 

8 Health Goals You Can Actually Stick To in 2020

Wishing you all a safe and happy New year from the Himmelfarb Library! May all your goals this year be conquerable. 


Related articles can be found here: 

Making New Year's Resolutions That Stick: Exploring How Superordinate and Subordinate Goals Motivate Goal Pursuit

Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy 2020

Seven steps for making your New Year’s resolutions stick

thankfulFeeling stressed about the calories to come? Fear not, for there are abundant ways to eat well and to enjoy the food you make this holiday season. From pumpkin soup to apple salad with figs and almonds, there is no shame in indulging in savory and sweet temptations that don’t break the scale. 

Instead of the fatty foods or dishes smothered in butter, why not reinvent Thanksgiving with something that will not only taste good, but promote healthy eating? The Mayo Clinic has several recipes you can try, like their Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup, Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes, and a Rustic Apple-Cranberry Tart. These recipes pack flavor that is low in fat and sodium. No need to reach for the stretch pants with these healthy meals!

Regardless of your dietary needs, there is something for everyone, like this low carb Broiled Shrimp with Buttermilk Remoulade from CookingLight, or the vegetarian-friendly Beet Hummus with Blue Cheese and Walnuts. The options are endless.  What hors d’oeuvres, main dishes or desserts will you decide to include on your plate this year?  

To explore additional recipes, please explore these options identified by Himmelfarb Library

Fight the Flu - CDC

Dropping temperatures are a stark reminder that the flu season is upon us. While often overlooked or avoided altogether, many patients do not realize that there are life changing benefits to getting a yearly flu shot. How can you help your patients avoid a life hindering illness - and help protect their friends and family, too?

Have you heard of Ask-Tell-Ask or Ask-Advise-Ask? This model helps practitioners to better understand a patient’s perspective on recommended treatments, like the flu vaccine. It's described in the article How to Talk to Reluctant Patients About the Flu Shot which provides a script and guide on using this method and addressing patient concerns about the vaccine.

The CDC provides some great information on talking to your patients about the flu vaccine.  Check out the CDC's HCP Fight Flu Toolkit to prepare yourself to answer questions that patients and/or parents might ask about the vaccine.  The toolkit provides:

  • Information on the timing and types of influenza vaccinations as how to provide a strong influenza vaccine recommendation to your patients
  • Best practices for increasing flu vaccination rates in your practice
  • Patient education materials including an Appointment Reminder Email Template and social media materials
  • A 'How I recommend' video

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