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Director's Desk, Laura Abate

As I write this, the fall calendar is winding down and it seems we’re only a few weeks away from the end of the semester. With academic calendars, it seems we’re always on the verge of ending and beginning. As you consider the educational, clinical, and research work that you’ve undertaken this fall - and also look forward to renewed efforts in 2024, I wanted to remind you about resources available to you via Himmelfarb Library.

Research Guides take center stage on Himmelfarb Library’s website, but what are research guides?  Research guides are essentially websites within our primary website that can help you find resources to support your work - including resources that you didn’t know that you needed.  Himmelfarb’s research guides include:

Himmelfarb Library’s collections are continuously evolving as we assess resource usage, cost and the needs of GW’s health sciences community.  To recommend resources, please complete a Purchase Request form.  You can explore the scope of our collection via the one-search tool on Himmelfarb’s homepage which allows you to focus your search by material type (Articles + Himmelfarb catalog) or accessibility (Online Access), or to broaden your search to include all Washington Research Library Consortium libraries (Articles + GW & Consortium Catalog).  Our library collections exist both online (databases, e-books, e-journals, and streaming video) and on-site (books, software, anatomical models and technology resources), and we’re available to help you find and access what you need - just ask us.

Finally, support and instruction are at the core of Himmelfarb Library mission.   Himmelfarb librarians are available to provide individual consultations as well as group instruction.  They can address a wide range of topics from helping individuals develop literature search strategies to guiding groups on the use of key library databases and other resources.  Our librarians will work with you to map out a session to enhance understanding and build research skills.  To schedule orientations and instruction sessions, please contact the Reference and Instruction department at 202-994-2850 or

As you finish 2023, I wish you a happy new year on behalf of Himmelfarb library’s staff.  We look forward to working and learning with you in 2024!

Laura Abate