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RSS: Personalize the news: RSS Overview

Steps to create RSS feeds to stay up-to-date info on topics of interest.

What is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a technology that easily allows you to receive updates from web sites, library databases and other online resources all in one location. 

Information is supplied through your subsrciption to a RSS feed is collected by a feed reader (also called an aggregator).

Why use RSS?

Using RSS will save you time and ensure that you don't miss any important updates made to your favorite information sources.  You can use it to keep up with:

  • Job postings
  • Current Events
  • New articles on a specific topic
  • New books in the library catalog
  • Research developments in your field
  • Table of contents from new issues of journals
  • Podcasts of lectures, foreign language lessons, etc.

How Does it Work?

In less than 4 minutes this video provides an easy to understand explanation of how RSS works.

RSS Made Simple

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