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Cell Biology: Scientific Literature

Research & Publication Cycle






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.