Blogs (short for "web logs") are websites with regularly updated topical posts, usually written in an informal style. Scholars and practitioners are increasingly using blogs to share research, experiences, questions and comments with the broader community. Blogs allow you to access the conversation taking place in a particular discipline, between publications. The language is more accessible than that of a journal article, and posts can be written and published quickly. Unlike traditional formats, blogs allow the reader to engage the author in a conversation via the comments section.
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When evaluating a scholarly blog, be sure to use the RADAR checklist (from University of Waterloo):
Relevance: Is the information in the blog relevant to your work? Is it the best source for this information?
Authority: Can you identify the author (contact information, profile) and review their credentials (CV, list of publications, professional affiliations)?
Date: When was the information published? Is the blog regularly updated (this is clue to whether the blog is properly maintained)?
Accuracy: Does the author cite their sources? Do they argue their points civilly with readers? Is the site free of typographical errors?
Reason: Why was this information created? Is there a clear commercial, satirical, or political agenda?
International Law blogs
Maths education blogs
There are millions of blogs out there - but not all of them are worth reading. You'll have to use your evaluation skills to determine relevance and quality. Here are a few ways to find interesting blogs in your discipline:
The University Referencing Guide has examples for blogs.
The APA Style Blog has further examples that may be relevant.