Himmelfarb Headlines - February / March 2021

Library Technology Update

Library Technology UpdateAs we move into a new year, it's the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the many technology resources Himmelfarb has to offer. We have a wide range of resources to meet your needs, whether it's learning about anatomy or taking a deep dive into statistical analysis for your research.

Our newest offering is the BodyViz workstation, located on the third floor of the library in the Bloedorn Technology Center. BodyViz is an interactive software suite that allows you to visualize anatomical structures in 3D, using a touchscreen or game controller to manipulate the object on-screen. Filters are available to let you highlight or isolate different types of tissue, areas of interest, or expose internal structures. The BodyViz system comes pre-loaded with a large library of anatomical structures of interest. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one session with a staff member to learn more about BodyViz, contact Steve Bryant at seeker04@gwu.edu.

Himmelfarb continues to offer on-demand 3D printing through our Zortrax M200 3D printer. The printer can handle 3D objects in common STL and OBJ formats, and uses either ABS or PLA filament. Our users have created a wide range of objects using the 3D printer, from molecular models and anatomical structures to prototypes of medical devices. Our printing service uses a low-cost model based on the amount of filament used ($0.10/gram, $1 minimum.) Browse any of the online libraries of 3D-printable objects to start the process. To submit a print job or initiate a request for consultation about a proposed print job, just fill out the 3D Print Job web form.

Himmelfarb also offers a range of software to meet your quantitative and qualitative research needs. Several widely used statistical software packages are available for on-site use in Himmelfarb Library, including SPSS, SAS, Stata, and our latest addition, MATLAB. For qualitative data analysis, we offer both ATLAS.ti and NVivo. You can find information on how to access these programs and other resources on our Bloedorn Technology Center guide to statistical software, or you can learn more about how to get started using them via our Software Tutorials page.

And if on-site access is an issue, that's no problem! You can access several of these programs from your own computer via the GW Virtual Computer Lab. Himmelfarb also has a limited number of laptops available for short-term loan, pre-installed with SPSS, SAS, and NVivo, as well as the Graphpad Prism graphing and statistical analysis software. For more information or to reserve a laptop, contact Catherine Sluder at 202-994-9453 or crharris@gwu.edu.

We hope you get the opportunity to try out all the different technology resources available to you through Himmelfarb, and we would love to hear from you! If you have feedback for us on any of the resources mentioned here, or if you have a suggestion for other technologies Himmelfarb could offer to better support your work at GW, please send us an email at himmelfarb@gwu.edu.


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