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A Special Collections gallery is now available in Health Information @ Himmelfarb, the library’s catalog and discovery service.  You can now browse through special collections contents or search easily within a collection.

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To access, click the Special Collections option from the top Health Information @ Himmelfarb menu as shown below. 

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The following collections and resource lists are currently available:

Note that some collection items may not appear in the gallery due to current quarantine restrictions. 

To search within a collection, use the Search inside the collection button at the top of the resource list.  You can also change the default sort using the Sort Items button. 

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To see availability and location of collection items, open the full record and check the Get It area. 

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Many collections include electronic content. Healthy Living collection books and the Humanities and Health collection are located in the alcove on the first floor. Equipment and the Historical Collections are kept behind the first floor Circulation Desk.

To inquire about collections availability or learn about borrowing options while library access is restricted, contact the Himmelfarb Circulation Desk at or 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

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