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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Circulation Desk at 202-994-2962.
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 (email@example.com), 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!
WoltersKluwer had provided trial access to the following resources through May 24, 2020. All resources are accessible from off-campus location to users who are logged into the GW VPN. For information and instructions on using the VPN, please consult Himmelfarb's Off-Campus Access instructions.
Gideon is an infectious disease database that allows users to access information about diagnoses for a wide variety of diseases (including COVID-19) and serves as a fantastic epidemiology reference. Gideon has application for clinical and public health education and practice.
Several resources may be useful to students in programs in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the School of Nursing:
'Health Library' resources typically provide full-text access to a high-quality set of book titles. Additional Q&A and study features are also accessible to users who create a free personal account. Some of the resources provide access to a more focused set of resources which may be most relevant to students in specific programs:
The expanded Research Guide is a one stop for the latest health care and public health focused news, research, literature resources, and clinical guidelines on COVID-19. It also includes the latest University news and resources for the GW health care community.
Public health and emergency management resources include tracking maps and dashboards, as well as critical resources from CDC and WHO (daily situation summaries and guidance). State and local public health department COVID-19 information and emergency management agencies are also listed.
The guide will be updated regularly and we encourage you to share any resources we’ve missed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, our team of health sciences librarians is here to assist you with using any of these resources or other information needs at this time. Email us or chat usMonday-Thursday from 8:30am-8pm and Friday 8:30am-5pm.
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.
In addition to its full-text library, AccessMedicine offers resources to support study and learning. To complement its already robust collection of drug information, multimedia materials, cases, and study tools, AccessMedicine has introduced several new features including:
Auscultation Classroom - six heart sound modules have been released and 20 additional modules will fall during the first several months of 2020. Aortic Regurgitation, Aortic Stenosis with Regurgitation, Innocent Murmur, Normal Heart Sounds, S3 Gallop, and S4 Gallop are already available.
Let's Talk Vaccines is useful to primary care providers, pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and public health advocates. The book provides an excellent framework for how to approach difficult discussions, with the goal of improving the health of each patient as well as the community at large. The book uses a patient-centered approach to
Directly address the increasing trend of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, including the history and psychology of the anti-vaccine movement.
Examine the issues underlying vaccine hesitancy, answering the common questions and concerns that vaccine-hesitant patients may raise during office visits.
Help you dispel myths and fears that many patients have, with particular attention paid to misinformation and skepticism on social media.
Cover the anti-vaccine movement’s assertions about autism, autoimmune illnesses and allergies, toxic ingredients, overwhelming the immune system, conspiracies, and more – bringing you up to date with the most common issues and effective approaches to the vaccine discussion.
Provide practical tips on approaching the vaccine-hesitant parent and how anti-vaccine patients change their minds, with a focus on remaining a positive partner in your patients’ care and finding greater success in your vaccination efforts
Let's Talk Vaccines is available online from both on- and off-campus locations. Himmelfarb Library's print copy is currently available on the New Book Shelf (QR189 .L37 2020) and is available for checkout.
Mind Cure: How meditation became medicine by Wakoh S. Hickey, available as an e-book through Himmelfarb, examines the history of the promotion of meditation and yoga for healing, and the implications of mindfulness within medicine.
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JAMAevidence has information and tools to support you whether you're working on basic concepts, clinical application, or advanced analysis of evidence-based medicine. For example, JAMAevidence provides access to:
Glossary - brief definitions of key concepts such as ABCD framework, absolute difference, absolute risk, etc. A Care at the End of Life glossary is also available covering concepts such as Activities of daily living (ADLs), Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II or III, Addiction, etc.
JAMAevidence provides access to information and tools to identify the best available evidence and to support users in the systematic evaluation of the validity, importance, and applicability of health sciences research. In addition to full-text access to key books, JAMAevidence gives you:
Are you interested in how genomics can be used in clinical care? A recent review in The Lancet discusses future directions for clinical application and discusses how specific technologies can be applied including: family health history, clinically important genomic variation, SNP array genotyping, and genome sequencing. The article also discusses clinically relevant issues such as the disclosure of information to patients, the process of sharing genomic test results with patients, and patient-oriented resources and genomic medicine studies.
Moody, S. (2015). Principles of developmental genetics (2nd edition.). London: Elsevier Academic Press. Himmelfarb Stacks: QH453.P756 2015
Congratulations to Sally Moody, PhD, chair of the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at #GWSMHS, whose book Principles of Developmental Genetics, 2nd Ed., was selected for Doody Enterprises, Inc. Core Titles in the Health Sciences. The list of the most distinguished titles is used by librarians worldwide to develop and update their collections with the titles deemed most essential in over 120 specialties across clinical medicine, nursing, allied health, and basic sciences.
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