Academics should consider using Open Textbooks for their curriculum or educational activities, which will contribute to their learning objectives. The use of Open Textbooks does not preclude the use of seminal works for their discipline.
Seminal works (sometimes called pivotal or landmark studies) initially presented an idea of great importance or influence within a particular discipline. Seminal articles are referred to time and time again in the research, so you are likely to see these sources frequently cited in other journal articles, books, dissertations, etc.
This workshop introduces resources used to locate seminal works for a particular discipline. Use this ‘Finding Seminal Research Workshop Outline’ to learn how to locate pivotal studies using SAGE Navigator, Web of Knowledge, and additional Library and online resources.
SAGE Navigator is a social sciences literature review tool that enables users to browse a list of recommended readings from crucial literature. It includes journal articles, book chapters, and sources hand-selected by experts in their field to save you time identifying seminal research.
To access these readings:
Interactive Chronology Tool
Included on the Key Readings tab is the SAGE Knowledge interactive chronology tool. It helps you visualise how the research has developed over time. Each dot on the chronology represents one seminal work, which you may hover over for more details.
This YouTube video provides an overview of the SAGE Navigator Key Features.
Web of Science provides citation analysis tools as a quick way to find seminal papers.
Execute your search. Refine it until you get the search results that reflect your topic.
The citation report tool tracks an article's cited and citing references, allowing you to go forward and backward in time to discover an article's broader relationships visually.
The citation report and analytics can be helpful for several reasons, including:
Google Scholar identifies how many times a particular source has been cited.
Start by linking Google Scholar to Western Sydney University Library to find full-text articles when available.
You will find the number of times a source has been cited displayed beneath the abstract/excerpt or bibliographic information. A high number of citing sources can signal a seminal work.
Searching online is another way to identify seminal research in your topic area. Try entering phrases such as landmark studies psychology or influential studies psychology, seminal research psychology into Google, or another search engine. Remember that information retrieved from the open web should be more heavily scrutinised than the information you might find in vetted library databases.
This workshop presents search engine tips, basics of a website evaluation and includes practice websites for you to evaluate. Use this ‘Website Evaluation Workshop Outline’ to learn how to evaluate websites.
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