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Now that Summer is over, there is no better time to prepare for colder temperatures on the way! That’s right, it’s time to break out those sweatshirts and scarves, to go on long walks to see the changing colors of the foliage. Let’s not forget that it is also a prime time to look forward to the bountiful opportunities that the end of Summer’s harvest has to offer us. 

With colder temps in the forecast it can be too difficult to resist comfort foods. What better time to challenge yourself to indulge those guilty pleasures while eating healthy? 

Cooking Light has a slideshow of forty recipes that are filled with vitamins and autumnal vibes! I don’t know about you, but their Chicken and Gnocchi soup certainly has my attention. 

Want to try something new? The American Heart Association has a Sweet Potato Nacho recipe that is not only low in salt and calories, but has an excellent source of protein and fiber! Not only that, but the cost per serving is under $2.00 as well. Talk about a way to eat healthy, while not breaking the bank. 

If you are abiding by a vegan diet, there are plenty of recipes for you also. What could be more autumnal than a set of Roasted Pumpkin Lasagna Boats? Or even a Butternut Squash Risotto? Both offer not only a promise in flavor but in presentation as well! Me? I can’t wait to try this Vegetarian Chili recipe. 

Lastly, a meal is not complete without a dessert! These Hasselback Apples give a new definition to apple pie. Don’t even get me started these Warm Spiced Cran-Pom Toddies that would be perfect on the coldest of days. For the non alcoholic version, simply substitute the rum with some hot apple cider. Want to impress your roommates or family? You can also try these Poached Pears that would compliment any autumnal dish. 

Whether you are local, or far away, attending campus from home, we wish you a safe and happy Autumn season and can’t wait to see you back on campus. 

Effective immediately, the Himmelfarb Library Documents2Go Interlibrary Loan service will ship books directly to your home!  What this means is that if we do not have the book that you need, we will borrow it  from another university library; once we receive the book, we will ship it to you at any location within the United States. 

How to request a book through Documents2Go:

  • Visit Documents2Go then login to our Documents2Go service with your NetID and password.
    • Example: If your email is, your username would be: jdoe, and your password would be the same as your GW email password. Do NOT include ‘’ in your username. 
  • Designate if you are looking for an article or a book, and then provide as much information as you are able to better assist us in finding exactly what you are looking for.

What to expect, how long will it take?:

These types of requests can take some time as we need to first find a library that is willing to send their copy of the book to us and then wait to receive it.  The timing is also dependent on the shipping service the lending library uses, such as USPS, FedEx, or UPS. Shipping from the lending library to Himmelfarb can take 1-2 weeks, and then an additional week or so for us to send it to your location. Please allow roughly 3 weeks for us to get the book to you from the time you create your request. We highly recommend requesting materials well before you need them. 

What will it cost me?

We will send these books to you free of charge, however if you want us to send an ILL book to your location, we ask that you pay return costs associated with shipping the book back to the Himmelfarb Library, and that you accept financial responsibility for any lost or damaged books. Once your request arrives to us, you will receive an email asking you to accept these responsibilities, along with a link to provide your shipping information so that we can send the book promptly to you. 

Can I request Himmelfarb to mail me a book the library already owns?

Absolutely. If you would like us to check out and send one of our books to you, please fill out the shipping form here:

If you have any additional questions do not hesitate to contact our Interlibrary Loan department at

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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


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!



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