Research Day: Show Off Your Data!

gwresearchdaysGet ready GW Research Days with this workshop!

Workshop: Do you need to create graphs for your poster? The workshop will teach you how to create Excel graphs, pie charts and tables to help display your data.
Date: 03/07/2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Ross Hall, Room 602 & online via WebEx


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RefWorks Legacy vs New RefWorks

refworksx2Last summer, Himmelfarb Library began offering users the choice of RefWorks Legacy and a new version of RefWorks.  Himmelfarb Library continues to offer access to both RefWorks Legacy and RefWorks New and wanted to provide some information to help you differentiate these tools.

Generally, both tools provide provide core functionality including:
  • Citation library
  • Automatic export from Health Information @ Himmelfarb, CINAHL Plus with Full-Text, Scopus, and MEDLINE (Ovid), and easy import of citations from PubMed
  • Customized folders
  • Bibliography and in-text citation creation in APA, AMA, and hundreds of other citation formates
There are specific features that can provide a tipping point for users deciding between the two tools:
  • Find Duplicates – Both the legacy and new RefWorks tools offer Find Duplicates functionality, but this feature works better and more consistently in RefWorks Legacy.  If you’re conducting a systematic review or other project which requires finding and eliminating duplicates, RefWorks Legacy is the better tool for you.
  • Cite in Google Docs – Both the legacy and new RefWorks provide a Microsoft Word tool to create in-text citations and a bibliography, but RefWorks New provides a similar tool which works in Google Docs.  If you would like to use RefWorks in Google Docs, RefWorks (New) is a better tool for you.
    • To activate the RefWorks New tool in Google Docs: open a blank document and select “Add-ons” then “Get Add-ons” and search for “ProQuest RefWorks”.  Once you find it, just click on the “free” button to add it to your account.

Himmelfarb Library will continue to offer RefWorks Legacy and RefWorks New through spring 2017 and will assess the feasibility of transitioning all users to RefWorks New in summer 2017.

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Research Day: Abstract Deadline & Poster Design

gwresearchdaysAre you ready for research day?

  • Don’t forget to submit your abstract!  The deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
  • Sign up for a workshop to learn more about effective poster content and design:

Workshop: An Overview of Effective Poster Content and Design
Designing a poster can be challenging. Learn best practices on what content to include to effectively display your results, data and conclusions as well as common mistakes to avoid.
Date: 02/22/2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Ross Hall, Room 201 & online via WebEx

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Publishing, Predatory and Promotion!


  • What are the steps involved in getting published?
  • Can you identify a predatory publisher?
  • How can you boost your researcher profile and expand the reach of your scholarly works?
  • How can you make sure you’re complying with federal funder requirements?

Himmelfarb Library’s upcoming series, Updates in Scholarly Communications: Publishing, Impact, and Visibility, will address all of these questions.  Mark these sessions on your calendar to learn more about publishing, measuring the impact of your research, and promoting your publications.

Compliance with NIH Public Access Policies
Date: 03/22/2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Ross Hall, Rm. 227
Predatory Publishing: What You Don’t Know, Can Hurt You!
Date: 03/29/2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Ross Hall, Lobby C
Writing a Successful Scientific Article Abstract

Date: 04/12/2017
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: Ross Hall, Lobby C

Promoting Your Research – Tips and Strategies

Date: 04/19/2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Ross Hall, Lobby C

Experiences with Open Access Publishing

Date: 04/26/2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Ross Hall, Rm. 227

Establishing Your Scholarly Web Presence
Date: 05/03//2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Himmelfarb Library, Rm. B103
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Is it a study – or a story?

storyAcademic Medicine recently published an infographic describing how to write a more engaging research paper by approaching it as an opportunity to tell a story via the introduction, discussion, and conclusion.
The infographic is explicit that the methods and results must remain accurate and clear, but also suggests that approaching the paper as a story can enhance it by making the paper ‘understandable, compelling, and memorable.”

The infographic details how a story might be told in specific portions of the paper including describing why the issue matters in the introduction and what what might be the next story to be told in the conclusion.

Lingard, L., & Watling, C. (2016). It’s a Story, Not a Study: Writing an Effective Research PaperAcademic Medicine, 91(12), e12.
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Announcing the 30th Annual Himmelfarb Library Art Show!


This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the Himmelfarb Library Art Show! We will be accepting submissions from March 13th through the 31st in preparation for our Opening Reception on Thursday April 6th.  All artwork will be on display on the first floor of Himmelfarb Library until May 5th. Past submissions have included photography, paintings, jewelry, and more!  All students, staff, and faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and GW Hospital are invited to participate.

We encourage Distance Education students, faculty, and staff to participate as well in our Virtual Art Show.  Check out last year’s Virtual Art Show here.
Questions?  Email Synneva Elthon at

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Create: Valentine’s Day bookmark!

heartsforhimmelfarbStop by the library to take a study break and make a Valentine’s Day bookmark!  It’s perfect for your secret crush, your Best Study Friend, or to keep for yourself.

Visit the Study Break area of the library to collect your bookmark and ribbon and make a quick and easy gift!  Share your creation on Instagram with the tags #healthyhimmelfarb and #heartsforhimmelfarb and then stop by the Circulation Desk for a sweet treat!

Hurry, though, because supplies are limited and Valentine’s Day is less than a week away!
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