Dr. Hawley Almstedt’s Advanced Nutrition

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The project I am submitting to the Hannon Library Undergraduate Research award was originally an assignment in Dr. Hawley Almstedt’s Advanced Nutrition course. Students were asked to compose a paper on any topic of their choice relevant to the field of nutrition using research from at least ten sources, half of which were required to be from peer-reviewed journals. I was first inspired to write my paper on amylin after hearing about the hormone and its exciting potential in a newspaper article. I already had an interest in endocrinology because of other classes, so this was intriguing to me. I didn’t know much about amylin so I had to do preliminary research to see if amylin was a viable subject for a semester-long research paper. I discovered a plethora of material in every science, health and biochemical chemical journal imaginable. In short, plenty of material was available. To fit criteria of the class assignment, I had to alter my thesis to better address how amylin affects nutrition and its importance to those who study and work in the field.

The primary tool for my research was Hannon Library’s online databases. I found that the
Medline and Pubmed databases returned the most and best quality results. Sometimes, I would search one of these databases and a PDF version was available for free directly from the database. However, in many instances only the abstract was available on Pubmed. On these occasions I employed one of Hannon’s best services, which would search LMU’s many other databases such as ScienceDirect and EBSCOhost to furnish a link to one that had the full-text

version available free of charge.

On three occasions, I found articles whose abstracts indicated that the full article would contain important information for my paper. However, no resources could provide the full PDF version of the article.…...

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