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Science Information Life Cycle

The life cycle of information differs in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. This tutorial is designed to help you understand unique characteristics of information production and dissemination in Science so that you can use library resources effectively and efficiently.

The methods for producing science information
will impact

...how it is published and communicated,
which in turn affects

...what format it is published in and

...where you can find it. With the found information,
you will need to know

...the rules for including it in your research so that you can
produce information, and the cycle begins again.

Click one of the steps in the cycle to begin. If this is your first time using this tutorial, we recommend you start with Produce and proceed in order.