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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.

Online

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 himmelfarb@gwu.edu to start the process!

In-Person

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 himmelfarb@gwu.edu or call the Circulation Desk at 202-994-2962.

After Himmelfarb Library closed its physical space, we made changes to Health Information @ Himmelfarb to make searching for electronic content easier.  The default search mode was switched from Articles + Himmelfarb Catalog to Online Access.  The online access search limits items retrieved to those available full-text online. This includes article, book chapter, and e-book content, as well as some streaming media.

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Searchers can still search physical content by switching the search mode to any of the “catalog” options:

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Requesting holds on books and Consortium Loan request options are turned off until Himmelfarb and other Washington Research Library Consortium libraries reopen. Library users can continue to request items that can be sent digitally through our Documents2Go service.

Have you ever wanted to keep filters you applied in a search active throughout a search session, or easily remove all of them? Now you can! A new enhancement allows setting and keeping multiple filters active with “Remember all filters” or removing all with “Reset filters”. These options become available at the top of the left column menu whenever filters are applied.

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If you have questions about Health Information @ Himmelfarb or need assistance with searching, contact Himmelfarb’s Information Desk staff!

Have you noticed the new microphone icon in the search bar of Health Information @ Himmelfarb?

The microphone appears on most search pages; clicking the microphone enables a voice search feature.

Now speak your search terms and Health Information @ Himmelfarb will display your terms and retrieve matches. A red button in the open window tab indicates the microphone is active and listening. If no audio is detected, the system will prompt for input twice before exiting voice mode.

At this time voice search is only available on Chrome desktop, Android, and Samsung browsers. It will roll out for other browsers as they support Web Speech API.

Health Information @ Himmelfarb has also launched several changes for mobile device searching. 

There is a new funnel icon for Refine Results functions (circled in red above).  When you click the funnel icon for Refine Results all of the options display and multiple can be selected at once.

 

 

When you open an item in results, all of the Send to options are now displayed in a block together, as shown to left.

 

 

The ellipsis icon (circled in red below) now leads to Library Account, Advanced search, and other search options. 

You can also access Sign In here for requesting options, including Consortium Loan Service and Documents2Go.

We hope these new features improve your search experience on Health Information @ Himmelfarb. If you have questions about the service or need assistance with it, open a chat session with the Ask Us tab while searching or contact the Himmelfarb Information Desk at 4-2850 or himmelfarb@gwu.edu.

Did you know that you can borrow books from Georgetown, Howard, and other DC university libraries and have them delivered to you at Himmelfarb? 

What is it? To put it simply, the WRLC is an agreement between libraries in the Washington D.C area that allows us to share materials between other libraries within the vicinity. Thanks to the WRLC courier system, we generally receive books within 2-4 business days from the time that the request was made, (if materials are available at the requested library) and more often than not, Consortium Loan Service (CLS) books come with a generous check out period. This option is a great way to save some money and time compared to common hassles of standard shipping.

If you would like to place a Consortium Loan Service (CLS) request, make sure to follow these steps:

  1. Use the Health Information @ Himmelfarb search box on Himmelfarb's homepage to locate a book.  Remember to switch the search to Articles + GW and Consortium Libraries.
  2. Sign in using your GW NetID and password, then click on Consortium Loan Service Request (2-3 Day Delivery) under "How to get it".
  3. Select George Washington University Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, or select a different location, if preferred.  When your book arrives, you will be notified via email to come and pick up your request.

As always, if you are looking for a medical article, monograph, or if the book you are looking for isn't available via the Consortium, feel free to check out our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery Services.   Himmelfarb users can also make requests through Documents2Go by using their GW NetID  and password to log in.

If you have any questions about Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery Services or Documents2Go, please contact mlbdoc@gwu.edu.  If you have any questions about Consortium Loan Service requests, please contact our Acquisitions and Resource Sharing Librarian, Ian Roberts at imroberts@email.gwu.edu.

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Himmelfarb Library announces the launch of a new digital collection in June 2017 in the Health Sciences Research Commons, the Historical Collection. The focus of the collection is the people, places, and events that make up the evolution of the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Items in the collection include, but are not limited to, photographs, newsletters, publications, and newspapers.  Some highlights include a telegram sent to a newly-accepted medical student, course catalogs from the 19th century, and images of buildings from the Columbian College, the predecessor of today’s George Washington University.

 

You can now search for print books on course reserves in Health Information @ Himmelfarb.

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Input the instructor name, course number or course name in the Health Information @ Himmelfarb search box.  Matching print reserves will display in a box at the top of search results.  You can click on the title to display the record in the Library Catalog to see if the item is available.

Course reserves can also be searched directly in the Library Catalog.

Check out digital blood pressure cuffs, otoscopes, an ECG...even a portable ultrasound machine!

Try out these new devices!  Hook them up to your iPad, iPhone, or Android and explore their features.

Each item can be checked out individually; ask for them at the Circulation Desk.  Items will be available to check out for one week.

Have any questions?  Contact Synneva Elthon at synneva@gwu.edu

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PlumX is now available via Health Information @ Himmelfarb.  Health Information at Himmelfarb is the search tool that appears on the library's homepage, and PlumX provides metrics so users can track different types of usage for individual articles.

PlumX provides information on an article's usage, captures, social media activity, and citations. PlumX Metrics displays the information both textually and graphically. The PlumX icon is an asterisk; the size of colored dots on the different nodes varies depending on the level of activity in that area.
Search Health Information @ Himmelfarb to see PlumX in action!
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catalogThe Himmelfarb Library Catalog will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 11am-2pm.  Online catalog account services including self-renewal will also be unavailable and circulation desk staff may not be able to place holds on materials or take fine payments during downtime.

For assistance locating library materials on the 16th, please contact the Himmelfarb Library Reference Desk at 202-994-2850.  Electronic resources will be accessible using the e-Journals and e-Books links from the library web page.  Users can also continue to search catalog records in Health Information @ Himmelfarb during downtime but will not see current location and status information for print items.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience the downtime may cause.

droidrepairThe Himmelfarb Library Catalog will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Monday, December 21, 2015.  Online catalog account services including self-renewal will also be unavailable and circulation desk staff may not be able to place holds on materials or take fine payments during downtime.

For assistance locating library materials on the 21st, please contact the Himmelfarb Library Reference Desk at 202-994-2850.  Electronic resources will be accessible using the e-Journals and e-Books links from the library web page.  Users can also continue to search catalog records in Health Information @ Himmelfarb during downtime but will not see current location and status information for print items.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience the downtime may cause.

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