Because the ACI Scholarly Blog Index contains so many tools and integrations to empower online research, we like to ensure that students and faculty realize the full options that are available to them in ACI. Some of these tools are internal features created by ACI developers to meet needs most common to a standard academic workflow, such as facet filtering options for refining search results or the community activity score for gathering metrics on social influence and topical reach. Other ACI tools are integrations with third-party platforms that users are already utilizing in their scholarly research activities – for example, using notetaking and organization tools like Evernote or reference management tools like Mendeley when researching blogs in ACI. And some tools in ACI are a unique combination of these: internal ACI features designed to be used in whatever platform you use to serve that function… and one popular example is the ACI Subscribe tool for RSS feed subscriptions.

subscribe buttonThe ACI Subscribe tool is located in the upper-right corner of the search results page in ACI; it has the word Subscribe along with the RSS icon to help identify its function in your research. (You can check it out by clicking the screenshot on the right; the full view will open for you in a new tab or window.) Once you’ve run a search in ACI and have limited to your desired results using the facet filtering options found on the left, you can then click on Subscribe to access the RSS information necessary for subscribing to that feed. When you subscribe to an RSS feed in ACI, incoming posts that match your search criteria will automatically be added to your RSS feed for that search.

Because you’ve already determined the parameters that best meet your needs for that particular search, you are specifying the parameters under which new posts published in ACI will be added to your RSS feed, allowing you full control over the types of scholarly posts that are added to your RSS subscription within a given collection. For example, in this case, my search results have been limited to posts within the Library of Congress classification facet of Microbiology (QR), and I’ve also applied an additional facet option of Author’s Degree = PhD. With both of those facets applied, I can now click on Subscribe so that incoming posts matching those criteria are added to my RSS feed subscription, no matter which feed reader platform I prefer.

no feedly - rssWhen I click Subscribe, the resulting feed page provides the RSS option with the search string and parameters I used during that search.



enter url in inoFrom this page, I can easily copy the full URL in the web address field of my browser, and simply paste that into the RSS subscription option in my desired RSS platform. From this point forward, any time a blog indexed in ACI publishes a scholarly blog post that meets my Microbiology LC classification and PhD degree criteria, the full information for that post – including a direct link to the post page in ACI – will be added to my favorite reader. Here are examples from a few popular feed readers, FeedReader and Inoreader, to give you an idea of how the ACI posts will appear in your collection.

Example using FeedReader, expanded.


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Example using FeedReader, collapsed.


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Example using Inoreader.

open in feedlyIn other cases, your preferred feed reader option will actually display as a link right on the ACI Subscribe page. For example, if I am logged into my feedly account when I click the Subscribe button on the search results page, the RSS page will actually have a hyperlink in the upper-right that says “Open in feedly”.

If I click on that link, it will automatically create that RSS subscription within my feedly reader. (In addition, I can also copy the URL in the web address field to add to feedly manually, or to add the RSS feed to an additional feed reader platform.)

Whether it’s preparation for an upcoming assignment or just to keep up with the topics and thought leaders in your field of study, keep up to date with the tools available to you in ACI. Explore the ACI subscribe option today to receive the full benefits that an ACI RSS subscription will have on your research, and be sure to let us know which feed reader you love most for your ACI searches by adding your own favorite(s) in the comment section below.