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New development is in! On February 10th, we are releasing our new Documents2Go interface which will make requesting articles, books, and book chapters through InterLibrary Loan a lot more clear, concise and it will also be easier to keep track of your current requests as well.

Making a request is fairly straightforward. To place a new request, simply click on the “New Request” button on the toolbar at the top, and specify the material type (article, book or book chapter) . From there you will be asked to provide citation information; journal or book title, authors and even page numbers will help us to quickly track down your item.

On average, articles generally take 24-72 hours to be fulfilled. Delivery time varies on the availability of the article or book, and the response time of the library that receives your request. Keep in mind, we are submitting your requests to libraries throughout the country, the process can take a little while to hear back from all of them.

Book requests generally take 1-2 weeks to receive although depending on rarity, availability, popularity, and the location the book is being shipped from, this may take longer. If your book is available through the Consortial Loan Service, use the link to submit a Consortium Loan Service request.

Tip: Remember to login to Health Information @ Himmelfarb so the Documents2Go and Consortial Loan Service request forms display automatically!

If you are uncertain about a status or have any further questions about Documents2Go or the InterLibrary Loan process, please contact us at


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.

If you have questions, please contact!



Health Information @ Himmelfarb, the search box on Himmelfarb Library’s home page, has new features for managing results and setting filters to limit results to specific disciplines.  On the brief results page, searchers can now opt to save the top 50 results and send to email, RefWorks, or add the whole group to Favorites. Click the box at the top of the results list to select the items on the page and the option to choose the top 50 results will appear.

Brief results page

Users can also activate the Personalize button at the top of brief results to limit results to a particular set of disciplines.  Clicking the button takes searchers to a list of disciplines to choose:

Disciplines list

Once disciplines are set, searchers have the option to boost newer materials with the Prefer newer material button that appears in Refine Results options to the left.  Searchers can also de-select the disciplines if desired to expand the search.

Results page with newer results displayed first

Health Information @ Himmelfarb has recently been configured to boost the most current five years of content in results.

If you have questions about using Health Information @ Himmelfarb or need assistance with searching, contact us through Ask Us or email

Himmelfarb Library's Documents2Go service is now restored.  Users may submit document delivery and interlibrary loan requests directly to Documents2Go.  If you have any questions, please contact or Meaghan Corbett (202-994-8357).

electrician-499799_1920On Saturday November 28, network changes in Himmelfarb Library and Ross Hall will cause some computer systems and services to be unavailable intermittently from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The affected services include:
  • Himmelfarb Library's website
  • WEPA printing
  • Internet access
  • Wireless network
  • Documents2Go, Interlibrary Loan, and Document Delivery

If you are working at a Himmelfarb Library or Ross Hall computer on Saturday during this time period, please save your work frequently to avoid loss of information if the computer suddenly goes down.

If the library's website is unavailable, you may use this abbreviated list of Himmelfarb electronic resources to access information.

Computer RepairGW network upgrades to increase security will occur on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am.  During this time, users may experience intermittent outages of both Internet access and the following services:

  • VPN
  • Blackboard
  • GW Google Mail Single Sign-On
  • GWeb
  • MyGW Portal

If you need additional information please consult the complete list of affected services or contact the Division of Information Technology at 202-994-GWIT (4948), or IT.GWU.EDU.

Technology assistance is available through the IT Support Center 24 hours a day. Additionally, technology assistance is available at Tech Commons located in the Lower Level of Gelman Library.

Image citation: ShellyS. (2008).  Computer Repair is a Dangerous Job; the Grim Reaper is Always Lurking [Online image].  Available at:

GW HospitalThe Himmelfarb Library webpage as displayed at the George Washington University Hospital is currently available via an alternate Himmelfarb Library webpage.  Our normal webpage for the hospital is experiencing technical issues which we are working to resolve. Via this short term solution, GW Hospital users can continue to access Himmelfarb Library’s databases, e-books, and e-journals.


This alternate webpage permits our users at GW Hospital and other authorized locations to access Himmelfarb Library's information resources without logging in to the library's systems.


If you have any questions, please contact Laura Abate (

Many faculty members create durable link to journal articles, books, and databases to provide their students direct access to readings and resources.  Due to a vendor-initiated change, links to resources offered via Ovid Technologies which were created prior to December 2013 will need to be updated.

To update your links with a current durable URL, you can do any of the following:

  • Access the resource, and then click on "Email Jumpstart" or "Email PDF Jumpstart".
  • Email Laura Abate ( a list of the resources.


If you like the convenience and ease of searching Google and Google Scholar, but are concerned about the quality and availability of results retrieved, Himmelfarb Library may have a solution. Health Information @ Himmelfarb is a new search tool that replaced the multidatabase search this summer. You can use Health Information @ Himmelfarb to enter keyword searches and retrieve health sciences-focused content that is in Himmelfarb's collections. This includes full-text access to many of Himmelfarb's electronic resources, and records from the Library Catalog to locate print and multi-media resources.

Health Information @ Himmelfarb will be available as a pilot project throughout the upcoming academic year and we will be evaluating and fine-tuning it as the year progresses. Visit the Health Information @ Himmelfarb FAQ for more information and use the feedback form to share your comments or get answers to questions.

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