Information Today, Inc. (ITI) published an in-depth review of the ACI Scholarly Blog Index in the September issue of The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research, which highlights in-depth evaluations of information resources, web-based services, and search strategies to better equip today’s online researchers. A copy of the review can be found here.

Berkman InfoToday article screenshotThe review is authored by Robert Berkman, a NewsBreaks Editor, the Information Today Managing Editor, and founder and Co-editor of The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research. An expert searcher with more than 25 years experience as an editor, author, and professor in the media and information industries, he has authored several books in these areas, including Find it Fast: Extracting Expert Information from Social Networks, Big Data, Tweets, and More (2015). Professor Berkman is on the faculty of the School of Media Studies at The New School for Public Engagement in New York City.

Entitled ACI Scholarly Blog Index: Curated Posts for Serious Research, Professor Berkman’s review provides readers with both an introduction to the ACI Scholarly Blog Index and an in-depth analysis of the content discovery, advanced search and navigation options, and workflow tools available in ACI’s comprehensive collection of editorially-curated scholarly blogs. “We really liked the Scholarly Blog Index,” he writes. “The concept itself is a good one — curating and filtering the most credible blogs and online news sites. The product itself is intuitive, clear, has a very appealing interface, and offers a very useful — and innovative — set of search filters for narrowing down broad searches.”

In evaluating the scope of content available within ACI, Professor Berkman found that every blog he came across met ACI’s criteria for scholarship and provided substantial contribution to the field searched. He notes that blogs indexed in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index largely focused on the needs of an academic market, the intended audience. However, he also points out that his business searches in ACI resulted in several blogs – such as Adam Smith, Wall Street Journal’s Money Beat, and the World Economic Forum – that business researchers would also find useful. “While the product is geared for academic use, and its strengths are in social science, law, and STEM disciplines,” he explains, “it has relevance and value for many types of substantive online research, including business research.”

During his example searches, Professor Berkman found ACI’s navigational features and facet filtering options both convenient and effective in helping researchers to refine their search results and get to the content needed – a process made even more accessible by ACI’s intuitive, user-friendly interface. “We found searching ACI’s Scholarly Blog Index easy and straightforward,” writes Professor Berkman. He also discussed his observations on the author profiles, which present comprehensive information on the authors, their educational credentials and social connections – and which authors themselves can update with additional information on their backgrounds. “The author’s page was particularly valuable too, providing in one place a good deal of important and relevant author information,” he writes, adding that “[t]his is useful for researchers to assess the writer’s credibility and authority.”

In addition to ACI’s comprehensive subject coverage and enhanced navigation options, he found that ACI’s workflow tools – including bookmarking, lists, and citation options – added significant value to ACI’s overall collection. In fact, ACI researchers will find such features throughout the search process – including the individual blog post pages. “There were lots of very valuable, research-related features available too when we reviewed a post,” he writes, “including the ability to export the item to Endnote, Zotero, or Mendeley; download it as a PDF; and even obtain the correct citation to the piece either in MLA, APA or Chicago style.”

In conclusion, Professor Berkman gives the ACI Scholarly Blog Index a favorable recommendation. As he notes in the review: “The Scholarly Blog Index is a solid product for researchers…”. We couldn’t agree more!

Because The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research is widely read by information science and other research professionals, readers will appreciate Professor’s Berkman’s unbiased insight into a collection specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s academic researchers. Faculty, students, and other researchers needing credentialed opinion and commentary by experts and thought leaders will also find the ACI Scholarly Blog Index a valued resource for their collections. For more information, request an ACI trial customized to your institution, or visit the ACI Scholarly Blog Index directly and register to review our editorially-curated collection of scholarly blogs for every academic discipline.