If you're not seeing enough results on the search results page in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index, you may want to consider broadening your search. In many cases, this can be resolved by simply removing one or more facet filtering options that may have been applied to your initial search. For example, if you didn't receive enough results on a search limited to the current week, you could try removing that filter and limiting to the current month instead.

A second method would be to remove one or more keywords from your initial search terms. For example, if you're researching for blogs that discuss a particular judge's commentary on a given lawsuit, you may find a sufficient number of results by including that judge's name in addition to the lawsuit in your search. If you don't, try removing the name and rerun the search. While full-text is available for all blogs in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index either in ACI or through a linkout to the original blog, for those blogs that do not have full-text within ACI, it could be that the judge you're interested in wasn't indexed, but the content with his or her commentary is still available through the resulting blogs. Another example of this is the phrase diabetes mellitus. Because the single word diabetes is often used in place of that longer phrase, removing the word mellitus may result in a more comprehensive results list for those seeking diabetes-related information. 

A third method would be to search for your topic at one level above your initial search term. For example, if you're researching for blogs that discuss the thyroid as it relates to gestational diabetes, you might enter the search phrase thyroid gestational diabetes. If you didn't receive enough desired matches, you could remove the word gestational and re-run your search for more results. Because not all blogs in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index are full-text, it could be that the word gestational or the phrase gestational diabetes wasn't indexed for those blogs, but that relevant content is still available through the resulting blog pages.

A fourth method would be to replace a keyword or phrase with something more commonly used. For example, a search for the common phrase junk bond may result in more relevant hits than high-risk bond or high-yield bond, even though the three are often used interchangeably. And in many cases, content addressing the less-commonly used phrases will use the more widely-known phrase in a title or abstract before digging deeper into the topic in the actual blog post.  

Try it for yourself by visiting the ACI Scholarly Blog Index today.

We are always looking for authoritative blog content spanning all disciplines. If you notice that a topic could use more content in ACI - or if you know of a blog whose content would be a great match - please let us know. We want our content to be as useful and comprehensive as possible, so we'd love to have your feedback and recommendations.