SEARCHING FOR AUTHORITATIVE BLOGS
It can be difficult to locate authoritative blogs. Here are some starting points:
Until scholars started blogging, the general reading public had very little access to the conversations of scholars, which are breeding grounds for many of the major ideas that eventually become groundbreaking research studies, articles, and books. These conversations happen at conferences during presentations, but also over coffee near the conference sites, or in department offices, labs, and local hangouts. With blogs, scholars get a chance to let a broader public get a glimpse of ideas as they form, and see how scholars test things out in an environment more open and forgiving (sometimes) than a professional presentation or publication. Blogs also allow scholars a venue for educating a broader public, especially on topics that are misunderstood or misrepresented in the the popular press.
Compared to traditional academic journals, which have existed for over 200 years, blogs are still relatively new, which means that only a few blogs are beginning to be included in article databases.
Blogs can be a great way to find current research and information about a subject. The key is to follow the links to find the actual studies and reports.
Use the search boxes and "Blog Roll" features to find relevant information.
BLOGS IN LEXIS NEXIS
One good resource for searching blogs is Lexis Nexis. In the "Search the News" box, select "blogs" in the drop-down.
NOTE: Use blogs with caution. Some are more highly regarded in the field.