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Journal Alerts

Some databases allow you to set up alerts that notify you automatically when a new issue of a journal comes out and include a table of contents or a link to the full text of the articles in that issue.

RSS Feeds--Introduction

RSS Primer: One Page Quick Introduction to RSS

[Much of the following is taken from the WhatIsRSS.com web site (http://www.whatisrss.com)]

What is RSS?

RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content or receiving web information. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.

Why RSS? Benefits and Reasons for using RSS RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually. You ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each site's email newsletter. Also, you do not clutter up your email since you access the content of your RSS feed only when you want to access it. The number of sites offering RSS feeds is growing rapidly and includes big names like Yahoo News.

What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed? RSS Feed Readers and News Aggregators

    • Feed reader or news aggregator software allows you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use.
    • A variety of RSS readers are available for different platforms. For PC users, probably the easiest is to get RSS feeds through Internet Explorer’s (IE) Favorites button (the white star in the upper right of the IE screen, NOT the word “Favorites” which lists bookmarked favorite websites. To view feeds, open IE, click the Favorites star, and then click the Feeds tab.
    • My Yahoo (my.yahoo.com) Click on Content, then “Add RSS Feed” to add a feed.
  • Some other feed readers, some of which are more sophisticated than those mentioned above, include FeedReader (Windows) (http://www.feedreader.com/) and NewsGator (Windows - integrates with Outlook) (http://www.newsgator.com).
  • Once you have your feed reader, it is a matter of finding sites that syndicate content and adding their RSS feed to your feed reader. Many sites display a small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF to let you know a feed is available.

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