Ice Cream: a Little Research of Our Own

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By Kathy Turner

Today’s Library “question board” query centers around the fact that July 1 is National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day.  Who knew?  (Apparently some did.)

Evans Library wants to know your favorite flavor!

Evans Library wants to know your favorite flavor!

While the responses on our board represent a very small sample (ha ha), in reality, a quick-and-effective search of a scholarly medical database, PubMed, reveals that over 1000 journal articles have been published regarding ice cream.  These articles, many full-text, discuss nutrition, unexpected/unintended ingredients (believe me, Ben and Jerry don’t name their flavors after these), and many, many multi-syllabic research aspects.

PubMed is just one of more than 150 curriculum- and research-supporting databases that the Evans Library provides.  Specifically it “comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.”

The Evans Library is a place and an interface where you can find many opinions — those that are well-researched and those that are right off the tip of the tongue.

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