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Eagle Mentoring Program: RSS Feeds

Getting Started with RSS Feeds

How do I find Feeds?

Look for these RSS symbols which indicate available RSS feeds.  Journal publishers, newspapers, blogs, and article databases frequently provide RSS feed capabilities to help you keep up with the latest news, tables of contents, or new citations added to databases search results.

What is RSS?

RSS stands for really simple syndication.  An RSS (utilizing XML) feed allows you to pull updated information from a website or a library database without having to visit each time.   An RSS feed may contain new blog posts, updated news headlines from a newspaper, citations matching a search query in a library database, or anywhere you see the RSS icon: Steven M. Adams, Princeton University Libraries, has a nice analogy for RSS:  Tivo for the Internet.  What do you do with an RSS feed?  Most people read their feeds through a feed reader or aggregator.  Some of the most popular feed readers include:  BlogLines, Google Reader, NetVibes, NetNewsWire (Mac), and NewsGator.

Here is a list of the top 5 from LifeHacker.

RSS in Plain English

Search & Journal Alerts: Why & How

What and Why? 
Receive alerts daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly for a specific search or journal. Alerts save you the time of remembering what that great search was and bring new results to you. For journals, alerts are great way of learning what's been recently published.

How to...
The following videos show how to create an alert link for your RSS reader account and how to receive e-mail alerts.