Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Jan 24, 2019     Views: 3510

There are some options for locating classic works:

Option 1. Look at the number of times an article has been cited.

You can do this using Google Scholar.  See our "Cited By" in Google Scholar help for more information.


Option 2. Look for articles written by major theorists.

The Theorists and Theories Guide can help you identify a theorist. Then do an author search in the library databases.


Tip: Classic works are ones that have had a major impact in a field of study.

It takes time to become a classic work. Most articles that are classic will be 10 years old or older.

Some hallmarks of classic works:

  • Frequently cited by other authors

  • Written by major theorists or researchers

  • Often called influential, seminal or groundbreaking in literature reviews


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