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Do you struggle with keeping your citations organized for papers or articles that you are writing? One of the most challenging aspects of the publication process can be documenting and organizing references and citations. Himmelfarb Library has a short webinar that can help you choose the right citation management tool.

In this Citation Organization for Beginners webinar, Reference and Instruction Librarian Paul Levett, explores how bibliographic management tools can simplify the process of documenting and organizing references and citations. These tools also ensure that you adhere to formatting styles such as APA or AMA. Paul examines bibliographic management tools such as RefWorks, EndNote and more to show you how to use these resources quickly and effectively. This webinar compares the features of bibliographic management tools, and provides considerations to think about when deciding which tool is best suited to your needs.

Check out all eight sessions of Himmelfarb’s Get Yourself Published, Promote Your Research series to learn more about a range of scholarly communication topics!

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Himmelfarb Library would like to welcome all of our new users! Whether you are a new resident, fellow, physician assistant or public health student, we welcome you to the GW community! Himmelfarb is ready to serve you and help make your experience here a positive one. You may be curious about what Himmelfarb has to offer and how you can make the most of our resources and services. Here are the top five things we’d like you to know about Himmelfarb:

1) Getting Research Help is Easy!

Our reference librarians are available to answer your questions and provide research support when and where you need help. Get your research and library-related questions answered right from your computer by using the Ask a Librarian service! Reference librarians are available to answer your texts and instant message questions Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-8:00pm, and Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm. 

2) Himmelfarb Resources are Available Anytime, Anywhere.

Himmelfarb’s 100 databases, 4,100 journals, and 4,500 e-books are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our e-book collection includes most major textbooks from most fields. Install the LibKey Nomad Google Chrome browser extension for seamless and speedy access to full-text articles available through Himmelfarb. After installing the extension, choose ‘George Washington University - Himmelfarb Library’ as your institution, and you’ll be all set. For more information about accessing Himmelfarb’s online resources including tips for navigating articles, check out our E-Resources FAQs page.

To access our electronic resources from off-campus, we recommend connecting to the GW VPN. The Himmelfarb off-campus access page provides additional information about installing the VPN and accessing electronic resources with your GW NetID. Many of our resources are also available as mobile apps for download on your mobile devices. 

3) 3D Printing is Available!

Himmelfarb has a 3D printer available for use by faculty, staff and students in SMHS, SON, GWSPH, the GW Hospital and the MFA. 3D printing will be available once the library opens its doors again. For more information about 3D printing at Himmelfarb, check out our 3D Printing Guide.

4) If We Don’t Have It, We’ll Do Our Best To Get It For You.

While we attempt to make our collection as robust as possible, we don’t have access to everything. In the event that we don’t have access to a resource that you need, you can place a request through our Interlibrary Loan/Documents2Go service. Through this service, we are able to work with a nationwide network of libraries to obtain a copy of a needed resource on your behalf. Articles are normally delivered within 24-72 hours. Interested in learning more about this service? Check our in-depth Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery guide.

5) The Health Sciences Research Commons Can Expand the Reach of Your Research!

Health Sciences Research Commons (HSRC) is Himmelfarb’s institutional repository, and is a perfect place for you to share your research output during your time at GW. All faculty, researchers, students (with the sponsorship of a faculty member), and staff affiliated with SMHS, SON, GWSPH at GW are eligible to submit their scholarly works to HSRC. By placing your work in HSRC, your work will be easily shareable and discoverable via Google Scholar and other search engines. If you have questions about the HSRC, take a look at the FAQ page or contact Sara Hoover (, Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian, for more information.

This top five list is just a glimpse into all that Himmelfarb has to offer! In addition to the resources mentioned above, we have numerous research guides on a wide variety of topics. Tutorials are also available on a variety of topics. Himmelfarb welcomes you to the GW community! 



Access Medicine & Case Files Collection LogoTeaching online can pose its share of challenges. Finding clinical cases to include in your online instruction doesn’t have to be one of them. Using clinical case studies, especially during a time when students are not able to have first hand clinical experiences, can help your students hone their clinical decision making, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning skills. Himmelfarb Library provides access to cases with supporting text and multimedia materials. All materials are licensed for use in instruction. 

AccessMedicine Cases provides access to more than 900 basic sciences and plus selected clinical cases drawn from the Case Files series. AccessMedicine’s clinical case collections include: 

  • Family Medicine Board Review 
  • Internal Medicine drawn from Resident Readiness Internal Medicine
  • Vanderbilt Internal IM/Peds
  • Case Files (note: selected cases available in AccessMedicine and complete collection available via Case Files Collection)

Himmelfarb also provides access to the complete Case Files Collection which includes more than 1,150 cases, explanations, and quizzes. In addition to basic science cases, the Case Files Collection provides full access to clinical rotation cases for anesthesiology, cardiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, medical ethics & professionalism, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, and surgery. Case Files Collection also provides additional cases at the post-graduate level on cardiology, geriatrics, gynecologic surgery, and orthopaedic surgery.  The Case Files Collection ebooks are also available through Himmelfarb’s catalog.

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To integrate cases into your online instruction, start with a relevant patient case. Students can use cases to practice taking a patient history using Smith’s Patient-Centered Interviewing. Students can expand their physical exam skills in an online instruction setting through physical exam videos. Students can then do additional research by looking up current recommendations and reading article summaries on relevant topics. Students can then decide on appropriate next steps for the patient case including diagnostic tests to be ordered, and creating a treatment plan by looking through mini-textbooks, and the provided drug monograph library. Quizzes are available at the end of cases and can be emailed to instructors when completed.

Do you want to explore topics beyond specific medical conditions? Cases in Medical Ethics and Professionalism include opportunities to explore communication, conflict resolution, ethics, and professionalism skills in addition to the medical case at hand. 

Himmelfarb provides full-access to both AccessMedicine and Case Files collection although some features are accessible only after users create a free personal MyAccess Profile. To create a MyAccess Profile, click on Sign In in the upper right corner of AccessMedicine or Case Files Collection.

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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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PolicyMap. Dig Deeper. Good Data. Smart Decisions. You want to identify your community's undiscovered opportunities. Our maps, data and insights point the way.

Have you ever wanted to include demographic, income, housing, or educational level data as part of your research? Himmelfarb Library has a resource that can help! PolicyMap is an easy-to-use data and mapping tool that allows you to access data about communities across the United States. 

PolicyMap provides data on demographics, real-estate, health, jobs, broadband infrastructure, and more that you can use to create maps of specific regions, states, cities and communities. Health data (including obesity rates, infectious diseases, uninsured populations, and births), as well as quality of life information (such as crime, transit access, length of commute to work and access to libraries) can also be mapped. By combining comprehensive data with mapping and analytics tools, you can visualize data and create a deeper understanding specific profiles for the community of your choosing. 

PolicyMap has more than just maps. You can view data in charts or graphs, run reports for specific areas, and create maps of areas using up to three layers of criteria. You can even download data to use in your own tools. Already have your own data that you’d like to use? Use the data loader to upload your data from a spreadsheet to view in PolicyMap. 

PolicyMap collects data from a wide range of data sources including the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Census Bureau, and even Zillow. If you are new to this database, numerous tutorials and videos are available to help you learn how to use this PolicyMap to its fullest potential to meet your research needs. 

Give PolicyMap a try today and see what it can do for your research!


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Are you interested in pathology? Do you want to read current articles published in a highly ranked pathology journal? Himmelfarb Library provides access to the Journal of Pathology

Published by the Pathological Society, the Journal of Pathology focuses on pathophysiological and pathogenetic mechanisms of human disease. Started in 1893 as the Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology, today the journal is ranked among the top ten journals pathology journals in Journal Citation Reports (JCR) with a 5 year impact factor of 6.424. 

Recent popularly accessed articles include:

Take a look at the most recent issue and discover what this journal has to offer!

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The field of emergency medicine tends to attract outgoing individuals who enjoy engaging with their environment and don’t mind taking risks. This type of person is generally considered to be an extrovert. But this doesn’t mean that introverts don’t exist in the field of emergency medicine. GW faculty member Janice Blanchard, MD, Ph.D explores the importance of introverts in the field of emergency medicine in a reflection piece published in Academic Emergency Medicine

A key difference between introverts and extroverts is the source from which they get energy. Does being in a room filled with other people make you feel energized? Or are you exhausted and zapped of energy by the time you leave the room? Blanchard summarizes this difference by stating that “introverts thrive from the energy within, whereas extroverts are fueled from the spark of others.” 

Introverts recharge their internal battery with “me time” and extroverts recharge by being social. While attending a large emergency medicine conference recently where “frequent social interactions with colleagues was the norm,” Blanchard explains that “at the end of the day, I felt absolutely exhausted.”

While not much has been written about physicians and introversion, especially within the specialty of emergency medicine, Blanchard provides some insight that could help introverts thrive in the extroverted field of emergency medicine. Because introverts tend to be great listeners, their “leadership skills shine through the implementation of input gathered from each individual within that team.” 

Although there are differences in the way introverts and extroverts operate, both play vital roles in the world and within the field of emergency medicine. While the extrovert tends to be a dominant personality characteristic within emergency medicine, Blanchard reminds us that “there is room for both in our specialty.”


Blanchard J. (2019). Pardon Me for Being a Wallflower. Academic emergency medicine: official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 10.1111/acem.13894.

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It's beginning to feel a lot like winter! With shorter daylight hours, and constant holiday get-togethers that offer an abundance of sweets and treats, it can be a challenge to find the motivation to stick with an exercise routine. We all know how appealing a treadmill is after that eighth cookie right?

This year, why not spice up your fitness routine with some alternative exercise activities? Trying something new can help keep you engaged and excited about burning those holiday calories. Take a break from studying at Himmelfarb, and try one of these five fun alternatives to hitting the gym that many of us avoid during this time of year: 

  1. Flying Trapeze

Did you ever dream of running away to the circus when you were a kid? You can make that dream a reality without actually having to leave DC. Take a flying trapeze class at Trapeze School New York Washington DC (TSNY DC). You’ll get to work on conditioning, body awareness, timing, trust, relaxation, and build self confidence all while flying through the air! You may even see the familiar face of a Himmelfarb librarian in class! 

Ruth Bueter, Himmelfarb Librarian, with a Set Gazelle Catch on the flying trapeze!

If flying trapeze isn’t up your alley, TSNY DC offers a variety of other circus classes to choose from including: silks, static trapeze, trampoline, lyra, spanish web, and even juggling! As an added bonus, you get to exercise in a real circus tent! TSNY is located at Navy Yard DC and is accessible via Metro.

2. Dancing at Glen Echo Park

If you’d rather keep your feet firmly on the ground, put on your dancing shoes and head to Glen Echo Park for an evening of dancing. Glen Echo offers a variety of dance opportunities including contra, ballroom, blues, salsa, swing, tango, and waltz. Dances are open to the public and no experience is needed. An introductory lesson is provided before the dance begins. Most dances include live music. Find a dance event that suits your musical tastes and dancing interest on the dance calendar! Keep an eye out for another familiar Himmelfarb librarian who has been known to cut a rug from time to time at the Glen Echo dances!

3. Indoor Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a great total body workout. Indoor climbing is a great alternative to traditional rock climbing during the cold weather months, and a great introduction to the sport for those new to climbing. Not only is rock climbing a great workout for your muscles, it’s also a fantastic mental workout to strategize your route to the top. DC area indoor rock climbing opportunities include: Vertical Rock Indoor Climbing Center (Manassas, VA), Sport Rock (Alexandria & Sterling, VA), Earth Treks (Columbia, MD; Crystal City, VA; Rockville, MD), and Climb YMCA (Cardozo neighborhood of DC).

4. Ice Skating

Ice skating can be a great way to get some exercise during the winter months. Not only does ice skating work numerous muscle groups, it’s a lot of fun and can be enjoyed with friends and family. DC has numerous outdoor skating rinks to enjoy this winter including: the Washington Harbour Ice Rink on the Georgetown Waterfront, the Wharf Ice Rink at The Wharf, Canal Park Ice Skating in Navy Yard, and the Sculpture Garden Ice Rink on the National Mall between the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Art.

5. Holiday Light Walking or Running Tour

Want to get in the holiday spirit while logging those steps on your fitness tracker? Go for a walk through local holiday light displays like Zoo Lights, Enchant at Nationals Park, or Georgetown Glow. Or take a walking or running tour of DC Christmas trees. Notable trees to include on your tour could include: the National Christmas Tree on the White House Ellipse, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, and the Canadian Embassy Christmas Tree. While you’re on The Ellipse, be sure to check out the National Menorah. If you’d prefer to get those steps in while staying warm and cozy indoors, consider checking out the holiday train and plant-based recreations of landmarks at the U.S. Botanic Garden's Season’s Greedings exhibit. Or head to Union Station to see the Christmas tree and wreaths, followed by the indoor tree at the Library of Congress.

Want more ideas for spicing up your winter fitness routine? Why not try running snow sprints, going for a winter hike with a local hiking club, taking advantage of an indoor swimming pool at the Lerner Health & Wellness Center or one of DC’s indoor city pools, cross-country skiing, or escaping the cold with a hot yoga class? Or if you just need a study break during those long hours of studying at Himmelfarb, take advantage of our exercise equipment and board games. There are so many unique ways to stay fit during this time of year. Find one that you enjoy and add it to your winter routine this year!

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