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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.

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APA Citation Style 7th Edition has now been added to RefWorks! If you use RefWorks to manage your references and create citations, you’ll be able to generate bibliographies that adhere to the recent update.

In order to access 7th Edition in RefWorks Classic, you need to add it to your list of Output Styles:

  1. Select the Bibliography menu then choose Manage Output Styles.
  2. Search for APA in the list of styles, select 7th Edition and click on the green arrow in the middle to add it to your list of favorites.
  3. Click on the X in the upper right corner when you’ve finished making changes.

To use APA 7th edition, in the newer ProQuest RefWorks:

  1. Select Create Bibliography, then search APA and select the 7th
  2. When you use the Create Bibliography function, APA 7th should appear in your “Most Recent Styles” list without having to search for it again.

You can find more information about either version of RefWorks on our RefWorks Classic Research Guide and our ProQuest RefWorks Research Guide.

If you have any questions about APA 7th Edition or RefWorks, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Reference and Instructional staff. You can reach them at, or 202-994-2850.

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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.

sysrev3Are you interested in writing a systematic review and aren’t sure where to start? Have you already started a systematic review, but aren’t sure if you’re following the right steps, or are having trouble staying organized? 

Systematic reviews can seem daunting, but like anything, are a series of steps. Come learn more about the steps involved and some techniques for staying organized during the process. Register for The ABCs of Systematic Reviews session led by Himmelfarb’s Paul Levett, Reference and Instruction Librarian.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Online via WebEx

Categories: GWSPH Refine Your Research Skills workshops

Register for this session to learn the steps of systematic reviews and strategies for staying organized that can help set yourself for success for your next systematic review!

Summer.pngJoin the Milken Institute School of Public Health for an exciting opportunity to engage in key public health issues in the GW SPH Summer Institute!

From July 29-August 1, the Milken Institute SPH will offer short, graduate-level courses in a flexible format and taught be leading research and global health faculty.  The courses will incorporate experiential and skills-based learning and are perfect for current students and working professionals.

The courses offered will include:

  • Understanding Commercial Determinants of Health taught by Nino Paichadze: Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2, 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., 1 credit hour
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) taught by Paul Ndebele:  Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2, 1:30 - 5 p.m. 1 credit hour

AppointmentGW's Writing Center hours at Himmelfarb Library begin this week.  Writing Center consulations are available free of charge and can be scheduled using the Writing Center's online system.

What: Writing Center @ Himmelfarb Fall 2017 Hours (Begins this week!)
Amanda: Fridays 10am- 12pm
Sherri: Wednesdays 2:30-4pm
Cost: Service is FREE!

How do I make an appointment to meet with a tutor?

What type of support do they offer for non-native English speaking students?

Where can I go if I need help using the Writing Center's online appointment schedule site?

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Refine your Public Health Research Skills - Sign up for a Himmelfarb Library workshop in the Milken building

How to do a Successful Literature Review
How do you know which databases to search? What strategies can you use to find what you need without wading through junk? Learn strategies and tips for planning and conducting a literature review.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 from 3:00-5:00 pm
Milken Institute School of Public Health, room 101
Please bring your laptop to the session. Please RSVP; space is limited.


Citations made easy! Using RefWorks
You do the writing and let RefWorks organize your citations and create your reference list. Keep your research organized; learn how to import citations from your literature searches, create bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 from 3:00-5:00 pm
Milken Institute School of Public Health, room 101
Please bring your laptop to the session. Please RSVP; space is limited.


Help with your Culminating Experience Topic
Need help getting started? Sign up for a 30 minute consultation with a librarian to begin exploring the literature for your culminating experience topic. See what's been published and whether you need to further refine your topic.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 from 3:00-5:00 pm
Milken Institute School of Public Health, room 101
Please bring your laptop to the session. Please RSVP for a specific 30 minute time slot; space is limited. (3:00-3:30 pm) (3:30-4:00 pm) (4:00-4:30 pm) (4:30-5:00 pm)


The ABCs of Systematic Reviews
Systematic reviews can seem daunting, but like anything else, are a series of steps. Come learn more about the steps involved and some techniques for staying organized during the process.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 from 3:00-5:00 pm
Milken Institute School of Public Health, room 101
Please bring your laptop to the session. Please RSVP; space is limited.


Scopus - The Dream Research Database!
What can Scopus do for you? Cited and citing results, related research in a different discipline, new applications for your research -- Scopus has it all. Learn all of the librarian search tips to make your Scopus search as fruitful as possible.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 from 3:00-5:00 pm
Milken Institute School of Public Health, room 101
Please bring your laptop to the session. Please RSVP; space is limited.

Milken Institute School of Public HealthAttention new GWSPH graduate students!

Come to the August 28 Himmelfarb Library Orientation @ 2:45 in the Auditorium at the Milken Institute School of Public Health. We’ll discuss the services and tools available to you through the

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library to help you succeed in your Public Health course of study!

When: Friday, August 28 at 2:45 p.m.

Where: Auditorium at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (950 New Hampshire Ave NW)

Working on your end-of-semester papers? Need some writing help? You have one last chance this semester to book a slot with one of the Writing Center's graduate writing consultants based at Himmelfarb Library. By special arrangement, Justin Kuprevich will be available tonight (Monday, Dec. 8th) from 4-7:00 pm on the first floor of Himmelfarb Library.

To book an appointment with Justin, please call the Writing Center at 202-994-3765. Justin will also accept walk-ins if all of the appointments are not filled.

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