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Reflecting on Business Research Plus and other blogs

In 2013 Business Research Plus has reached two significant milestones: over 100,000 views for the year and over 250,000 views since it was started in September 2009.

We are taking a break. There will be no new posts until the week beginning 6th January 2014, and limited checking for comments.

This feels like an appropriate time to metaphorically step back and reflect a little. To try and view Business Research Plus objectively, one angle is to review some other blogs of interest to business and management researchers.

There are some blogs based on “online tips from the library”

Some of these are specifically on specialist financial databases (Bloomberg, Datastream, Thomson One, WRDS)

Others aim to promote online resources available through the library

There are library blogs about general information literacy and academic libraries in general

Finally, there are blogs authored by academics that have a specific topic

If we look at the most popular posts on Business Research Plus (BRP): risk free rates and CUSIPs would be specialist financial databases, journal ranking is not subject specific (though the BRP posts are), and referencing/EndNote is similar. The posts “How to …” are firmly in the category of online tips based on Manchester resources.

Blogs evolve. We should review the Business Research Plus About page (Broadhurst, 2010) and, if necessary, update it to reflect what we plan to blog about in 2014. Perhaps a resolution for the new year could be to reorganise our categories and improve our tagging. On the other hand, most readers may not use the categories and tags so our effort would be better spent on new posts, or new revisions of old posts.

If you (as a Business Research Plus) reader have any ideas, comments or suggestions, please let us know (just remember to wait until January if you want a prompt response).


Broadhurst, D. (2010) About [Business Research Plus]. Available at: https://bizlib247.wordpress.com/about-2/ (Accessed 23 December 2013)

University of Manchester Library, (2102) ‘Manchester University Library – restructure heralds new library strategy’ SCONUL Focus,  56,  p. 62. Available at: http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/20_6.pdf (Accessed 23 December 2013)

Categories: Business Libraries
  1. markgreenwood
    27 February 2014 at 6:20 pm

    One issue with Business Research Plus (BRP) is how to handle comments. We have adopted a strict policy of only including comments that add some value for other blog readers. However, it can still be difficult to decide.
    For example, one reader suggested that an inforgraphic *“Slave Owners vs. Modern Management: Can You Tell the Difference?”*
    This might be of interest to other readers but it does not directly refer to an existing BRP post.

  2. markgreenwood
    30 March 2014 at 11:22 pm

    An example of blogs evolving – as part of a rationalisation of blogs at the British Library, the Management Research Blog was closed and an Innovation and Enterprise blog started, aimed at managers, startups and entrepreneurs, with posts aimed at an academic audience going to the Social Sciences blog. See http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/managementresearch/2013/04/this-blog-is-closing-at-the-end-of-april.html

  3. markgreenwood
    22 May 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Another example of how a library blog can evolve over time –
    The LSE blog Data Library News ran from 2008 to 2010 and then became part of
    LSE Library Collections that ran from 2008 to 2014 and then became part of
    The current LSE Library Blog

    The oldest LSE Library Blog post – http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/library/2008/10/21/free-data-resources-selected-for-you/ was originally the first post in the Data Library News blog.

  1. 22 January 2014 at 10:05 pm

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