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ED 7316: Adult Development: Core Journals

Adult Development


Seminal Research can also be referred to as pivotal or landmark studies, sometimes classic papers. This is research that first presented an important idea within a discipline and are often referred to and cited in other publications like articles, books, dissertations, etc. Seminal research can be much older than 5-10 years, so faculty and students who are using the research databases should be aware of this when limiting searches by date. It is best to use the Sort feature available in some databases.

There is no one easy way to identify what is a seminal piece of research. Much of process is done by reading over lots of research related to the topic and identifying a key piece of research that is cited by multiple sources of published research. Identifying seminal research involves an analysis of research you have found on your topic and recognizing those publications & authors that show up on a multitude of later research.

Databases that can help you identify seminal research include: Web of Science (Basic Search for topic and Cited Search for a citation; high citation counts are a clue; sort by Times Cited) -- Dissertations & Theses (other students may have already identified seminal research) -- Sage Navigator -- Google Scholar


Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
Journal of Career Development
Journal of Career Planning and Employment
Journal of Community Development
Journal of Continuing Higher Education 
Journal of Cooperative Education
Journal of Correctional Education
Journal of Developmental Education
Journal of Educational Research
Journal of Extension
Journal of Higher Education
Journal of Human Resources
Journal of Moral Education
Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development
Journal of Professional Studies
Journal of Staff Development
Journal of Vocational Education Research
Journal of Workplace Learning
Lifelong Learning in Europe
MPAEA Journal of Adult Education
New Zealand Journal of Adult Learning
PAACE Journal of Lifelong Learning
Reading Improvement
Reading Research Quarterly
Research in Post-Compulsory Education
Studies in Continuing Education (Australia)
Studies in the Education of Adults (UK)
Teaching English in the Two-Year College
TESOL Quarterly
Training and Development


Adult Learning and Development
Action learning: Research and Practice
Australian Journal of Adult Learning
Canadian Journal for the Study of Higher Education 
Council of Adult and Experiential Learning

Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning
Educational Reflective Practices
International Consortium of Experiential Learning
International Journal of Experiential Learning
International Journal of Lifelong Education
International Journal of Self-Directed Learning

Journal of Adult Development
Journal of Adult Education
Journal of Human Resource and Adult Learning
Journal of Transformative Education
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education

New Zealand Journal of Adult Learning
Studies in the Education of Adults (UK)  |  Search Within

Workplace Learning and Professional Development
Academy of Management Learning & Education
Advances in Developing Human Resources
Career Development Quarterly
Human Resource Development International
Human Resource Development Quarterly
Human Resource Development Review
Journal of Career Development
Journal of Diversity Management
Journal of Education and Work (UK)
Journal of Workplace Learning
Journal of Management Development
Management Learning
Organization Development Network Publications
New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development
Performance Improvement Quarterly
The Learning Organization
Educational Gerontology
Medical Education
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Journal of Graduate Medical Education
Medical Education
Medical Education Development


Adult Basic Ed/Literacy/Language
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal
CALICO Journal
COABE - The Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy
Computer Assisted Language Learning
Foreign Language Annals
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
Journal of Adult Education Information Series
Modern Language Journal
Multicultural Education
Secondary, and Basic Education 
TESOL Quarterly
The Journal of Multiculturalism in Education
Higher Education
Administrative Science Quarterly
Continuing Higher Education Review
Distance Education
Educational Gerontology
Equity and Excellence in Education
Harvard Educational Review
Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning
International Journal of Doctoral Studies
Journal of Continuing Higher Education
Journal of College Student Development
Journal of College Teaching and Learning
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching
Journal of Experiential Education
Journal of Faculty Development
Journal of Learning in Higher Education
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education
International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology
Race, Ethnicity and Education
Review of Higher Education
Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly
Studies in the Philosophy of Education
Teachers College Record
Community Education
Community Education Journal
Journal of Contemporary Community Education Practice Theory
International Adult Education
Adult Education and Development
Comparative Education Review
Development in Practice
Intercultural Education
International Education
International Journal of Educational Development
Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology
Journal of International Students
Journal of Studies in International Education