Library Journal recently published a review of the ACI Scholarly Blog Index, a scholarly blog discovery service that provides researchers with a robust search engine, a unique combination of workflow, discussion, and citation tools, and an index to scholarly blog content. Founded in 1876 by Melville Dewey (inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification system), Library Journal is a highly-trusted publication that provides book and resource reviews, breaking news, and in-depth articles on library collections, policies, other issues of interest to libraries. With a shortage of time and money and a variety of new resources continually competing for inclusion in library collections, librarians in academic, public, school, and special libraries often depend on the reviews and recommendations published by LJ staff for their material selection decisions and other collection development procedures.
“With the plethora of social media and blog postings published each day, ACI Scholarly Blog Index will appeal to those seeking quality, relevant content that meets their academic needs. The amount of topics and curated articles contained in the platform creates a worthwhile resource to support the academic journal indexes already available.”
Library Journal Review, September 1, 2016.
Published in the September 1st issue of Library Journal, the review on the ACI Scholarly Blog Index is authored by Katie McGaha, a Teen and Adult Services Librarian at the County of Los Angeles Public Library. While exploring ACI’s database and unique set of blog research tools, Katie notes the usability of the layout and the navigation options offered within ACI. “The database has a clean, user-friendly layout, making it simple for beginners to know where to start their research,” she writes. “The main page consists of a quick search bar logically displayed in the middle of the screen, as well as sections highlighting the most popular articles and authors.”
While the basic search and navigation options found in ACI allow for intuitive, user-friendly searching of the indexed content, Katie found the variety of access and viewing options for both the content itself and the resources contained within the ACI author profiles to be potentially quite valuable for those using ACI in their research. “Users will enjoy the options available for collecting and viewing relevant results,” writes Katie. She also found that these options would allow researchers enhanced access to that information most important to their focus for a given scholarly blog post. “When selecting an article to view, a page loads that gives the option of either a summary or full text, as well as a list of features on the right, including publication information and a number of details about the author, including his or her verification status, education, position, societies, and awards.”
In addition to providing in-depth information on the author’s background and connection to, or engagement with, a given topic or field, Katie explains to readers the value of such information for researchers wishing to find an author’s other avenues of content and scholarship. “This information provides a thorough introduction to the author’s area of expertise,” she writes, “as well as a way to find other articles and postings they have created.”
“[T]he database’s personalized list and ACI stream features are especially valuable to scholars as tools for building references and discovering new information related to their interests, as well as sharing these writings with others and providing interaction with the professionals who crafted them.”
Library Journal Review, September 1, 2016.
In the article, the reviewer also points out the ACI features that allow researchers to created their own curated lists of content, and then share and/or organize that content in ways that are meaningful to their research goals. “Users can bookmark an article and add to a list as well,” Katie explains. After noting the ease of accessing one’s bookmarks and lists collections from anywhere in the database, she reminds LJ readers of the value of being able to organize, share, and engage other researchers through ACI’s available tools. “[T]he database’s personalized list and ACI stream features are especially valuable to scholars,” she explains. She also mentioned the ACI support features, such as its extensive video tutorial library. “Extremely helpful are the video tutorials,” she writes, “that assist users to understand how to tailor their searches and what to expect from the sources.
After exploring ACI’s comprehensive database of scholarly blogs and research tools, Katie concludes: “This database is recommended as a useful tool for academic libraries as well as public institutions serving a number of research-focused patrons.”
Designed for academic researchers, the ACI Scholarly Blog Index offers a variety of features and workflow tools to enhance scholarly blog research:
- Search the entire collection of scholarly blogs
- Full-text access to every scholarly blog article
- Advanced search, navigation, and filtering options to ensure highly-relevant results
- Refine search results by Library of Congress classification
- View authors’ professional and social connections, journal articles, and alternative metrics
- Full citation and export options
- Bookmark and List tools for saving, annotating, curating, and sharing content
- Sharing, collaboration, and productivity tools
- Access to real-time syncing & mobile features via the ACI Mobile App
Find out for yourself why ACI’s unique research database is recommended by Library Journal, CHOICE Reviews, and ARLIS, and won the SIIA Business Technology 2016 CODiE Award for Best Scholarly Research Information Solution. Click here to learn more about the ACI Scholarly Blog Index or other ACI resources. To start exploring the ACI Scholarly Blog Index, click here for a free individual trial login, or here to request a free trial customized to your institution.