This diagram represents the research and publication cycle of scientific literature (running clockwise). In other words, this diagram traces the literature of the scientific research process from the conception of a research question in a lab to the publication of research findings and the entry of that research into the larger corpus of scientific knowledge.
Notice that a search strategy for scientific information usually proceeds in the opposite direction of the research process (running counter-clockwise). Use this guide to locate tertiary, secondary and primary resources relevant to topics in cell biology.
This diagram was adapted from "Evolution of Scientific Information." [From Allan Kent and Harold Lancour, eds., Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (New York, 1979), s.v. "Scientific Literature," by K. Subramanyam, 394.