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Module 7: Advanced Methods for Graduate Level Research Overview As a graduate student, it is a good idea to know the seminal works and important authors in your field. In this module, you will learn how to trace the history of a topic and identify the seminal works and cited references. You will also learn how to create an annotated reference list, correctly cited using the APA citation style. Objectives After completing this module, you should be able to: explain the importance of seminal works and cited references identify seminal works identify cited references create an annotated reference list Commentary Topics Seminal Works and Cited Reference Searching Creating an Annotated Reference List Seminal Works and Cited Reference Searching Authority is one of the most important criteria in evaluating the reliability of sources you have found for your research. As has been noted, to establish authority you usually examine the author's credentials or the publisher's reputation to decide whether or not they are experts in the field about which they have written or published. There are two additional questions you must ask as part of the evaluative criteria: is the work a "seminal work" and has it been cited in other works? Although finding seminal works or cited works is not usually necessary in research in beginning graduate courses, you should have a basic understanding of the terms. As you progress through your graduate study and do more advanced research, you should consider these two criteria when you evaluate the scholarly value of materials you find. What Are Seminal Works? As you do your research, you may come across seminal works in your field. The term seminal work almost always means a scholarly work that has distinguished itself in some important way. Page 1 of 8 Module 7 Commentary 5/26/2011 ..
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According to Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary, seminal means "containing or contributing the seeds of later development. .." ( This definition helps explain why seminal is used when referring to particularly valuable articles or books or both. The term seminal means that the work was of extremely high quality and was the "seed" that led to (1) a new level of understanding in the field, (2) a paradigm shift, or (3) an entirely new research area in the field. Your professors want you to become familiar with the seminal works in your field of study, and they can best help you identify these works. As you conduct your research and analyze the works you find, be on the lookout for seminal works in your field. For science, Albert Einstein's 1905 papers on theoretical physics are excellent examples of such works. They contributed to the field of modern physics by leading to a new level of understanding of space, time, and matter. Some other examples of seminal works are included in figure 7.1. Figure 7.1
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