Although the ACI Scholarly Blog Index offers several tools and features that help to ensure your search experience is customized to your research needs, two ACI features that you’ll find especially helpful for organizing your research are Bookmarks and Lists.

Bookmarks allow you to save selected posts, and then return to those posts later for further reading or review. Bookmarks are great for notating stand-alone posts that you found relevant or worth exploring. Lists, on the other hand, are ideal when you’d like to organize found posts into a collection based on a shared topic – such as your field of study – or when you intend to share the list with others – such as course projects, assigned readings, or sharing with peers or common interest groups.

In one analogy, bookmarks are similar to Favorites as used with most Internet browsers; as you browse the Web, you might add interesting articles or websites to your Favorites so that you can continue to explore – or simply revisit -those articles and websites later. While Bookmarks are like Favorites, Lists are similar to creating a folder within your Favorites. Maybe you’d like to create a folder for Favorites you plan to add which fall under a particular topic, or perhaps you’ve noticed recurring topic patterns (or you have way too many bookmarks!) and just want to organize them into a collection. But unlike your independent and in-folder Favorites, the collections you create with ACI lists can be easily shared with others.


You can bookmark posts from both search results pages and individual blog post pages. Tags help with organization, allowing you to attach subject headings or meaningful keywords to a given blog post. Tags can be one word or a multi-word phrase, and they can be as broad or narrow as you need them to be. The Notes feature lets you add comments, informative references, or reminders for why you bookmarked those articles.

You can access your Bookmarks Page at any time by clicking on the menu icon next to your name in the upper-right corner, and then on Bookmarks. Your Bookmarks Page will display all of your bookmarks, and you can easily edit or delete any of your bookmarks from your Bookmarks Page, or from individual post pages or search results pages where your current bookmarks display.

Your Bookmarks page allows you to refine your view using the tag filtering option, so you can opt to view just those bookmarks with a specific tag. In addition, a Search Bookmarks tool lets you search for possible keywords used across your bookmark collection.

Bookmarks: Some Uses for Students:
~   Save independent posts that you want to read later or revisit.
~   Identify and/or follow experts & thought leaders in your chosen discipline.
~   Notate posts with topics, concepts, or ideas that might be applied to a future assignment or course.
Quick Tip: Apply the Author’s Degree facet of PhD to locate knowledge experts in ACI.

Bookmarks: Some Uses for Faculty:
~ Save independent posts that you want to read later or revisit.
~ Keep up with experts & thought leaders in your chosen discipline.
~ Follow the scholarship of peers and colleagues.
Quick Tip: Apply the Author Holds Position At facet, limited to your institution, to find coworkers.


lists exampleWhile bookmarks are ideal for stand-alone posts of interest, the Lists feature lets you aggregate and organize selected posts into collections for topical interests or for shared resources or activities. Just like with bookmarks, list tags help you to organize your list, allowing you to classify that collection of posts according to terms you choose. Set tags for course IDs, professor names, topical keywords, and other terms that help differentiate the content in each list. A list description notates the intentions of or uses for that particular list.

Easily create lists – or add posts to an existing list – from any individual article or search results page. Because lists can be private or public, you can also browse through lists created by others using the Search Lists feature on your ACI Lists page.

Lists are ideal for sharing and collaboration. Lists are easily shared with others using a variety of sharing, communication, and notation tools, including email, Twitter, Evernote, Mendeley, and many others. You can even print or save a handy PDF handout to provide list access instructions – including a helpful QR code – to students, professors, colleagues, discussion groups, or others with whom you would like to share the list contents.

In addition, you can add any of your bookmarks to any of your list collections. You can also add posts to multiple lists. The ability to add to more than one list will be especially useful when you have several collections with the same general topic but with different applications or intended uses, or when students or faculty need different list collections in order to meet the needs of various projects and targeted recipients for list sharing.

In order to provide you with an accessible, birds-eye view of your list content, your ACI Stream displays a comprehensive view of all posts from your collection of lists ordered by the most recently-added post, allowing you to easily see at-a-glance the posts and details for every list you follow or maintain in ACI. You can view the most recent posts from your ACI Stream right on your Lists page, or you can view your ACI Stream by itself on a separate page.

Lists: Some Uses for Students:
~ Curate lists of content aimed at a specific course, or even at specific assignments for a given course.
~ Share post collections with other students for lab or group projects.
~ Share post collections with professors, student organizations, or peers in your major for easy resource sharing.
~ Search public lists to find relevant content, and easily follow collections curated by others.
Quick Tip: Tag the course ID for all lists related to a course, and then add additional tags to differentiate the project or list purpose.

Lists: Some Uses for Faculty:
~ One field, many interests: your discipline has numerous topics & concepts, so organize your primary field interests with subtopical lists.
~ Curate lists of content for assigned readings on topics covered throughout the course.
~ Connect with others in your field for resource sharing or collaboration.
~ Search public lists to find relevant content, and easily follow collections curated by others.
Quick Tip: Consider adding the course ID, semester (Fall 2015), and/or course section as list tags to help you with course resource organization.

The Bookmarks and Lists tools were developed specifically to help ensure that your research is as efficient, organized, and relevant to you as possible – so use them for collecting posts in your academic discipline. Use them for your classroom, resource sharing, or other collaboration needs. It’s your research… so revolutionize it today with ACI.