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Announcing the Seventh Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, more commonly known as APA Citation Style! The APA published their updated 7th Edition late last Fall, and the APA-using community is beginning to transition from the 6th Edition to the 7th. Luckily, most of the changes have been quality-of-life changes.

The good news for students?

  • No more running heads!
  • No need for publication place in book citations!
  • Any in-text citations with more than three authors are shortened to the first author and et al.!
  • Clearer guidelines for including contributors other than authors and editors, e.g. podcast hosts!
  • Increased font flexibility!
    • Hello Calibri 11, Arial 11, Lucida Sans Unicode 10, and Georgia 11 (in addition to the old favorite, Times New Roman 12)!

The goal of APA 7th Edition is to codify many of the suggested citation rules the APA created as the 6th Edition evolved. In addition to making these suggestions into official guidelines, the APA has adjusted how it cites more modern texts, in particular anything with a URL. The hope is to make citation a more streamlined process, while maintaining a rigorous academic standard.

The APA is suggesting users begin to switch to 7th Edition rules Spring 2020, though some universities and groups may choose to put off the transition to Fall 2020. Check with your professors on which version they expect you to use, if it’s not included in your syllabus.

For 7th Edition resources, be sure to check out our APA Research Guide. We recently updated it to conform to the 7th Edition. The APA Style Blog has also transitioned to 7th Edition, and is a great resource for more obscure citation questions. For 6th Edition resources, Purdue OWL still has their 6th Edition site live, though they do note they are scheduled to publish the updated 7th Edition guide in Spring 2020. You can also still find the APA Style Blog’s 6th Edition Archive, so you can search it for answers to any 6th Edition questions.

You can always reach out to us at Himmelfarb Library with any questions you may have. Our reference staff are more than happy to answer your questions about APA 6th or 7th Edition!

Image Source: Munroe, R. (2007). Wikipedian protester [Webcomic]. xkcd.

Various herbs, lemon, and salt on a white table.

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Welcome to the end of another wonderful semester! Whatever your winter break plans, know you have earned some rest and relaxation. So instead of stressing about what to bring to that ugly sweater party or holiday dinner, why not let us do the work for you and recommend a few simple, healthy recipes?

If you really want to impress your hosts/guests, look no further than this Roasted Fennel with Charred Tomatoes, Olives, and Pecorino. This simple recipe requires just a single dish (I suggest a sheet pan), so clean up is a cinch. If you want to make it a bit more substantial, add mild Italian sausages and some chunks of ciabatta to the mix!

Looking for something even easier? This Lemon Green Bean Almondine is a sure hit, and you can prep everything the night before. The bright, acidic lemon is a lovely counterpoint to all the rich, creamy foods we usually serve during the winter.

This Winter Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad is the lunch you need to hold you over until the holiday party spread. If you’re worried about how to remove pomegranate seeds without making a mess, have no fear! All you need to do is score four lines in the pomegranate to quarter it, then submerge it in a bowl of water while you pull it apart and remove the seeds. The pith will float, while the seeds sink.  Just remove the pith and drain the seeds. Voilà! A mess-free way of de-seeding a pomegranate.

Last but not least, a delicious host gift. Everyone brings wine, candles, and cookies, but you’ll stand out with this homemade Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bark. You can trade out the pistachios for just about any other kind of topping – different nuts and seeds, your favorite candy, shattered peppermints, coconut flakes, dried fruit. Mix and match whatever sounds good. I suggest sticking with the original, and adding a sprinkle of good chili powder if your hosts are fans of spicy food!

Happy Holidays, and we’ll see you in the new year!

A sad face drawn in a frosted car window.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), an onset of depressive symptoms during winter months, affects an estimate of .4%-2.9% of the population. The causes of SAD are still unclear, however everything from genetics to diminished light may play a factor. While its seasonal nature means SAD symptoms abate in the Spring, that doesn’t mean you have to slog through the winter with symptoms like loss of interest, hypersomnia, or irritability. There are many treatments available, from light therapy to antidepressants.

Pjrek et al. (2019) conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials exploring the efficacy of bright light therapy (BLT) as a treatment for SAD. Their review found that these trials proved BLT an effective treatment for SAD, though these trials included smaller sample sizes and larger clinical trials would be preferable.

If you want to try BLT at home, The Cut published a list of the 6 best light therapy lamps available on Amazon. They range in price from $65 to $230 for a large floor lamp. The Strategist from New York Magazine also published their list of recommendations, and it includes two pairs of light therapy glasses! Light therapy glasses work just like light therapy lamps, but are more compact and portable.

Did you know? Light therapy can also help with morning drowsiness and even relieve jet lag symptoms.

Image Source: McCasland, J. (2013). Battling the winter blues [online image]. Retrieved December 11, 2019 from

RefWorks Legacy & New Proquest RefWorks

It’s time to start thinking about final research projects for Fall 2019, and Himmelfarb Library offers a fantastic tool to help you track your research – RefWorks!

RefWorks is a handy citation tracking tool that allows users to import references, sort them into folders, and share them with other RefWorks users.  Himmelfarb offers two versions of RefWorks: RefWorks Legacy which is terrific for systematic reviews and the new Proquest RefWorks which valued for its Google Docs integration.  Both versions of RefWorks provide a Microsoft Word plug that helps you create in-text citations and a references list.

One of the best features of RefWorks is the ability to easily import references from some of Himmelfarb’s top databases, like PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, and Health Information @ Himmelfarb. You can even import directly from Google Scholar! You can find instructions on how to do so on our RefWorks Research Guide under “Importing reference into RefWorks.”

RefWorks also supports extensive and personalized organization of your references. You can create your own folders for individual papers, projects, or classes, and sort your references into those folders immediately after importing them.

Once you’ve imported your references, RefWorks helps you generate bibliographies in APA, AMA, and hundreds of other citation styles you may need for publication. If you’ve downloaded Write-N-Cite, you can sync your RefWorks account to Word, and even use it to generate properly formatted in-text citations in your style of choice!

For more information on RefWorks and the support Himmelfarb provides, as well as some handy video tutorials, check out our RefWorks Research Guide.


Are you interested in creating healthy sleep habits, learning more about mindfulness, or learning healthy ways to manage stress? Himmelfarb Library has the right books for you! 

Do you struggle with getting enough quality sleep? Consider one of these books available in the healthy living collection: 

If mindfulness or meditation are more your interest, consider one of the following books:

The holidays can be a stressful time for many people. Learn healthy ways to manage this stress using these books: 


LibKey-Nomad-Blue-Font-1024x190.pngDo you want full-text faster? The LibKey Nomad browser extension can connect you to articles in Himmelfarb Library’s collection wherever you find them – i.e. PubMed, publisher sites, and even Wikipedia.  LibKey Nomad immediately delivers a PDF if available, and will otherwise provide you Himmelfarb full-text and document delivery options.

LibKey Nomad is a Google Chrome browser extension that links you directly to full texts of articles available through Himmelfarb, wherever you find them.   Download LibKey Nomad from the Chrome Web Store page.  After you install the extension, choose ‘George Washington University – Himmelfarb Library’ as your institution, and you’re good to go!

LibKey Nomad functions by looking at the DOI of an article, and matching it to our Himmelfarb holdings. If it finds the DOI among our available resources, it provides a direct download link or a list of full-text options. If it doesn’t find a DOI match in our collections, it then searches an open access knowledge base and if successful provides a PDF download. If LibKey Nomad can’t find the article available through either of those means, it links you to our Health Information @ Himmelfarb discovery system, where you can find alternative access methods like our Documents2Go service.

So what does this mean for patrons? LibKey Nomad makes it easier than ever to access the full text of articles efficiently. If you find an article you want to read on a publisher’s site, you no longer have to go to Himmelfarb, log in, search for it in our collections, and then be linked to full-text access. LibKey Nomad integrates full-text access directly where you find the article.

If you like LibKey Nomad, be sure to check out additional resources from Third Iron such as Browzine.  Browzine gives Himmelfarb users the opportunity to build a bookshelf of favorite journals from Himmelfarb Library’s holdings.  Browzine users are alerted to new articles and issues and can scan issues and read or save articles.

Chef's Station by Todd Quackenbush

As the days grow shorter, we all feel the pull of starchy, heavy foods. Whether this is born of opportunity or a left over biological instinct is up for debate, but studies have shown our caloric intakes increase during colder months.  When you feel the cold-weather munchies coming, consider trying out one of these healthy, warming recipes!

This Comforting & Cozy Fall Power Bowl is vegan and gluten free. Cook the kale and mushrooms in the same pan to cut back on clean up.

Butternut squash is a fall staple. You can make Oven Roasted Butternut Squash by itself, or use the roasted squash as the base for a delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Soup.

For those of us with a love of heat, fall is better known as hatch chile season! Try dressing up this Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili with roasted hatch chiles. If you can’t find hatch chiles, you can always roast your own fresh chiles using one of these techniques. It’s not as hard as it sounds, and is a simple way to dress up any recipe that calls for canned chiles!

hsrcLooking for a way to increase and track the reach of your research?

Our Health Sciences Research Commons recently surpassed 500,000 downloads from around the globe! Students, faculty, and staff of SMHS, SPH, and SON are invited to submit their citations for new publications to By sending us citations for your recent publications, you help to ensure that your research reaches the widest audience possible, and helps us ensure that we have an accurate portrait of GWU health sciences scholarship.

Students in particular are encouraged to submit research materials, such as posters, capstones, and dissertations, for our student research archives. Archiving your materials allows you to participate in the scholarly communications process by making your ideas and research available to your peers in the health sciences community. You can track how many times your abstract is viewed or your project downloaded with our integrated PlumX metrics “Plum Print” – a visual indication of five different metrics categories: Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, and Citations.

If you have any questions about getting your research into the HSRC, you can check our FAQ, or reach out to Sara Hoover (

Fun Fact: Our HSRC Dashboard includes a readership map of all HSRC content. Where in the world will your research end up?

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