This schematic illustrates the evolution of scientific information from the idea stage through to that idea becoming accepted knowledge.
Primary, secondary, and tertiary - these terms reflect development of knowledge and can determine where and how you seek information on your topic.
As you begin your research, read the schematic from the bottom up:
If you're curious enough to explore this section of your Subject Guide, you've probably discovered there's more to research than you first thought. That's a good thing - it's shows you're learning! This guide provides insights into searching scientific literature that'll help you understand the process.
Searching the Scientific Literature
Provided with permission of Robert Sathrum
Natural Resources Librarian, Humboldt University