ACI Information Group announces that blogs included in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index are now integrated into ProQuest’s Summon discovery service. With this new product integration, ACI Information Group and ProQuest continue their partnership to bring curated selections of blogs to their mutual customers.

ACI Scholarly Blog Index records are incorporated into Summon as a Web Resource so users who find blog entries in their search results can go directly to the ACI Scholarly Blog Index to see additional information. Users are also able to identify the ACI database and search directly in that resource.

ProQuest Summon is the first of the major discovery services to integrate ACI Scholarly Blog Index records into their service.

ProQuest Summon discovery service combines pre-indexed metadata from numerous sources including journals, newspapers, blogs (from ACI) , and other sources integrated with the print, electronic, and even multimedia holdings held by your library to form a unified index that allows users to search everything – and receive relevancy-ranked results – from one search box. While many modern-day discovery services can claim far-reaching benefits over the limitations of traditional federated search, Summon claims to have the largest unified index in the industry, however, the actual resources available (or the extent of resources, such as abstract vs. full-text) will depend on the institution. Summon offers well over a billion citations.

Does your library already subscribe to Summon? Add the ACI Scholarly Blog Index to your holdings by selecting the following in your ProQuest Summon Client Center:

Provider Name – ACI Information Group
Database Code – ACQMX
Database Name – Scholarly Blog Index

ProQuest customers can add the ACI SBI to their holdings and, as a web resource, go directly to ACI to see records.

How to Navigate Summon

dendrites search in summon - redIn order to see how content from the ACI Scholarly Blog Index might appear in Summon, take a look at this example search results page for the keyword dendrites. (The screenshot on the left will display a full-scale view in a new tab or window.) As in ACI, the Summon search results page offers facet filtering options on the left to further limit the search, while the results themselves are listed on the right.

The content type and availability of the individual item is displayed beneath each result. If this were a book in your library’s collection, this space might show the call number, location, or other information gleaned in real-time from your OPAC’s holdings. In this example, because our results are scholarly blog posts, you’ll see the the content type of Web Resources in the facet options. You’ll also see the Web Resources indicator beneath each post snippet, which helps to remind users that this particular resource is available online.

dendrites selection in summon - read online tabWhile clicking on Permalink beneath any search result displays a copy-ready link for that post in Summon, clicking directly on the title of any search result in your Summon list will open that blog post’s page in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index. The ACI page opens in a new tab or window, so you’ll be able to explore that article in ACI without losing your Summon search results list. In addition, hovering over the blog title in Summon – or clicking the arrow to the right of the post – will open the “Read Online” tab in a Summon sidebar. The “Read Online” tab section displays the abstract and metadata for that article, and you can click the title shown there to open the ACI page as well.

dendrites aci blog post pageThis screenshot shows what our Summon search result looks like in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index. The post summary, original post linkout, and other features (like citation, export, and sharing tools) are located on the left, while additional metadata regarding the blog publication and author are on the right. Portions of this metadata are used to create the indexed record in Summon, which allows some of that information to be hyperlinked to similar records. For example, I could click on the hyperlinked author’s name in ACI to see all ACI posts by that author, but the same goes for Summon: clicking on the hyperlinked author name there takes me to that author’s other material in the Summon collection.

dendrites selection in summon - cite tabNext to the “Read Online” tab in the Summon sidebar is the “Cite” tab. Clicking on this tab allows me to choose my preferred citation style, including MLA, APA, Chicago, AMA, and others. In addition to options for printing or emailing that citation, I can also export to various citation managers. This includes some of the more popular citations management platforms also supported within the ACI Scholarly Blog Index itself, such as EasyBib and EndNote.

dendrites selection in summon - email tabdendrites email receivedThe third tab in the Summon sidebar is the “Email” tab, which allows you to email a post to yourself, other students or faculty, or platform-based emails (like Evernote) for collaboration or reference management in your research. The screenshot on the left shows one example of how that space appears, while the screenshot on the right shows how the email appears in my inbox. Although the title is linked through Summon, it then redirects to the article-level page in ACI, which allows usage statistics to be collected both for the Summon record and the article’s access within an institution’s custom ACI portal.

At the top of the search results page, you’ll notice a folder icon to the right of the primary search box, and you’ll notice similar icons to the right of each individual blog post in your results. When you click this icon for a given post, that post will be saved to a temporary folder that you can access anytime within the current search session in order to export, print, or email posts in that collection.

dendrites saved listTo access that folder of saved results, just click on the folder icon near the search field at the top of the page. After clicking that icon, you’ll be taken to a page containing all the blog posts you saved while on the previous search results page. This is a temporary folder, your saved items will be cleared when you leave or after an extended period of inactivity.

I can keep my saved results list in the basic format, or I can choose my citation style and then print or email my results that way. Again, I can also choose to export them to my preferred citation or reference manager. In addition, I can also create a free ProQuest flow account on that same page, which would allow me to access my collective history of posts saved within Summon. If I find myself frequently utilizing the saved items folder, creating a Flow account would help me to manage my research activities within Summon.

search title or author - summonNow for a bit of advanced searching. Generally speaking, the overall number of search results users will get for a search will depend on the institution. However, because ProQuest Summon contains such a large amount of content, it’s more likely that users will have to refine – rather than expand – their search results in order to locate the information needed. Summon’s Advanced Search tool allows users multiple search strings by author, publication, article titles, keyword, other known or desired terms, as well as limit by content type, language, and other variables. The screenshot to the left shows how a user searching for our article’s author name (Karl David Stephan) and/or blog title (Engineering Ethics Blog) could structure an advanced search using one or both of these terms for more relevant hits. (And if you happen to get too few hits, you have options for that, too… a check box on the search results page lets you peek beyond your library’s offerings to the full citation list available.)

If your library uses ProQuest Summon, add the ACI Scholarly Blog Index to your database list today, and let your students, faculty, and librarians reap the benefits of authoritative scholarly blog content in every academic discipline.

To add the ACI Scholarly Blog Index to your ProQuest Summon collection, select the following in your Client Center:

Provider Name – ACI Information Group
Database Code – ACQMX
Database Name – Scholarly Blog Index