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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!

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As Himmelfarb Library begins the transition into Our New Normal, you may have questions about where to access certain services and resources we provide. Here’s a guide on what you’ll find available online and in-person.


All of our e-journals, e-databases, and e-books remain available online. We also provide our Documents2Go service entirely online, where you can request articles unavailable in our collection.

We offer instructions on downloading and installing our mobile apps to your device.

There is a host of information available on our Research Guides, everything from question banks to anatomy images, and much more!

Himmelfarb’s Reference team is also available online. Our chat service is monitored by reference staff 8:30AM-8PM EST Monday through Thursday and 8:30AM-5PM EST Friday. Have a question a little too involved for chat? We can also schedule individual meetings with a reference librarian via WebEx. Email us at to start the process!


In addition to our print collection available in our book stacks, you can also find our multimedia collection, audiovisual collection, and software resources on the third floor, in the Bloedorn Technology Center.

Our special collections, the Humanities & Health collection, Historical collection, and Healthy Living collection, are all accessible in-person.

Some of our older journals are kept in on-site storage as bound volumes. You can request a specific volume for perusal by following the instructions on our Borrowing and Requesting page.

Anatomy models are available in various places throughout the library. Our skeletal models and bone boxes are up on the third floor. Heart and brain models can be checked out at the Circulation desk.

If you have any questions about access as we move forward with Our New Normal, reach out to us at or call the Circulation Desk at 202-994-2962.

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In Wednesday’s blog post we shared Himmelfarb Library’s electronic clinical case study resources to incorporate in your online instruction. Today we’d like to share some of the electronic question banks Himmelfarb provides access to. While Himmelfarb provides access, in order to unlock all features you must create a personal account. Instructions for doing so are provided.

Exam Master Medical Subject Review provides over 9,000 questions and explanations to prepare for the USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3. Exam Master tries to emulate the board exams, helping students build confidence by identifying strengths and improving on weaknesses. In order to use Himmelfarb’s Exam Master, you must make a free Exam Master account, then access Exam Master while on campus or when logged in to the VPN.

USMLEasy offers questions and answers to prepare for Steps 1, 2 CK, and 3. Their customization feature allows you to select topic coverage and the number of questions. You’re also able to annotate exam questions and answers. In order to access USMLEasy, access the webpage through the provided link and create a personal profile.

BoardVitals provides test banks for NBME Shelf Exams in seven different medical subjects. Features include timed test conditions, study tips, and individualized study recommendations based on practice test performance. In order to register, connect via the VPN and create an account at the link provided. After you’ve logged in once while connected to the VPN, you’ll be able to access your account from anywhere.

PA Exam Prep offers practice questions for PANCE and PANRE, as well as customizable features like topic coverage, number of questions, and annotation. In order to unlock these customizations, create a free account at the provided link.

For additional online instruction resources, check out Himmelfarb’s Online Instruction Research Guide. Our librarians are happy to assist with any questions you might have as well. Email us at, or connect via our Ask Us chat.

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The new PubMed is here! Himmelfarb previously announced a transition from PubMed’s old interface to their newer, more modern interface. As of May 18th, the NLM will fully transition to the new PubMed interface with a host of new features, available on mobile and desktop devices alike.

The new PubMed interface includes quality of life updates, like abstract excerpts available in the results list and updates to the interface to make the site more navigable, and as well as significant behind-the-scenes updates, including the algorithm that produces the new Best Match sort order. Additionally, your My NCBI saved searches and collections will continue to work with the new PubMed, so no starting over from scratch!

When accessing the new PubMed, be sure to go through the link on Himmelfarb’s home page, in the “Popular Resources” box, to ensure Himmelfarb’s full-text links and other customizations load. The new PubMed also offers full integration with our LibKey Nomad browser plugin (available on Google Chrome), which enhances  full-text linking by directly loading a PDF if one is available!

The NLM has a number of resources to help you familiarize yourself with the new PubMed interface. Their New PubMed Transition FAQ broadly covers the changes and updates made. The New PubMed Trainer’s Toolkit consists of short videos (1-4 minutes each), slides, handouts, and webinars that can be embedded in Blackboard courses. For those of you looking for a deeper dive into the new PubMed, the webinar series How PubMed Works does a deep dive into what PubMed is and how it functions. The PubMed User Guide is also readily available, with an in-depth coverage of frequently asked questions and instructions on how to use the various features the new PubMed offers.

Of course, we here at Himmelfarb are also available as a resource. We’ve been familiarizing ourselves with the new interface, and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the new PubMed. Email us at, or chat with us via our Ask A Librarian instant messaging service.

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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.

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Feeling stressed? Come to an art therapy session on Monday April 6, from 12:00-1:30 pm in Himmelfarb Room 202. The GW Art Therapy Clinic interns will guide you through a silk hoop painting activity (no previous art skills required!) that will focus on stress relief and creative expression - to help you discover a range of ideas that can help to cope and creatively manage stress. Guaranteed to be a fun and stress free experience!

The event is free but space is limited so be sure to sign up today.

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The GW Writing Center will NOT hold on-site hours at Himmelfarb Library or any other location in alignment with GW's online status. Presently, the Writing Center plans to offer online appointments after Spring Break, and will confirm those plans in the coming days. We will notify our Himmelfarb patrons as soon as we have additional information about Writing Center hours.

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Image: "Drunkard's Path" by Velma Jordan.

Do you enjoy painting, sketching, or taking photos? Come share your artistic side and participate in Himmelfarb Library's Art Show! Himmelfarb's annual Art Show has been a proud tradition for over 30 years, when each spring semester the first floor of the library is transformed into an art gallery displaying the works of our community.

We invite the faculty, students, and staff of SMHS, GWSPH, SON, and GW Hospital to submit their art. We accept everything from paintings to sculptures to textiles to woodworking, and anything in between! Each artist is invited to submit up to five works.

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Image: "Weathered Window, Lyon, France," by Thomas Kohout.

Not on campus? Submit images of your art to Susan Koenig ( for our Digital Art Show, to be displayed on TV screens throughout the Himmelfarb Library.

We are accepting submissions in-person at the Reference Desk starting today, March 2nd, through March 30th. The opening reception will be April 2nd at 4PM, refreshments will be served. Everyone’s art will be displayed through April 30th. We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, contact Susan Koenig at

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Have you heard about ORCIDs? Not the plant. Open Researcher and Contributor IDs, aka ORCIDs, are a unique digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher out there, even the ones with the same name.

ORCIDs are a unique tag associated with your distinct identity. They follow you throughout your career, regardless of name and affiliation changes. They prevent your hard work from getting lost in the academic shuffle, and give you the agency to manage your scholarly identity. You and only you have control over your ORCID record, including what information is tied to your ORCID and whether that information is public or private.

ORCIDs have even become so popular in the scholarly publishing community that some journals now require them! PLoS, Highwire, Science, and more, all require ORCIDs as part of the submission process. Beginning this year, NIH, AHRQ, and CDC grant recipients are also required to have ORCIDs.

At Himmelfarb Library, we highly recommend that all researchers - faculty, student, or staff - register and use one. Registration is completely free, and can easily be done through the ORCID homepage.

If you have any questions about ORCIDs, check out our Scholarly Publishing Research Guide’s ORCID@GW page. You can also reach out to Sara Hoover, our Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian, at

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Whether you’ve got a date or you’re dining alone, you can keep your physical heart healthy this Valentine’s Day by trying some of these heart-healthy recipes!

Studies, like this one published in BMJ, have shown that pescetarians have a lower risk of ischemic heart disease and stroke than red meat eaters. But it can be intimidating trying to cook fish! For a simple and delicious recipe that’s hard to screw up, try this Slow Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Citrus, and Chiles. If you can’t find Fresno chiles you can substitute with a jalapeño, or, if you want to kick up the heat, with a serrano pepper.

If you’re vegetarian, you can also reap the benefits of heart-healthy foods like kale, sweet potatoes, and quinoa with this Southwestern Kale Power Salad. You can easily make the recipe vegan by omitting the feta cheese!

Who’s to say dessert can’t be good for your heart? This Triple Berry Crisp boasts heart-healthy berries and oats! Fresh berries may not be in season, but you can still find great options in the frozen fruit section.

And if you’re going for something truly decadent, these Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies are an indulgent treat with a hint of heart health.

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