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Current Awareness: Keeping up to date with new information: RSS: making information come to you

What is RSS?

New information is being published in your favourite journals and websites all the time.

So, how can you keep up-to-date with everything that's new?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication / Rich Site Summary) technology helps you keep up-to-date with changes and updates to your favourite websites.

It's easy to set up your own personal homepage or start page which you can use to keep all your favourite RSS feeds together in one place and can be accessed from any computer, anywhere in the world.

RSS feeds can deliver

  • breaking news and events
  • details of newly published research
  • Tables of Contents (TOCs) from your favourite journals
  • information about new books
  • new posts from your favourite blogs and podcasts
  • They can tell you when your 'favourite' article has been cited or when a colleague publishes a new paper

You can subscribe to feeds wherever you see the orange RSS symbol.



Adding feeds to your reader

Lots of web pages and electronic resources now have RSS feeds. Look out for the orange icon.

Click on the RSS icon and if you see a button for the reader you use, simply click on it to subscribe to the feed automatically.

Alternatively, you can copy the feed URL and paste it into your reader yourself to add the feed.

Now all you need to do is regularly visit your reader to find all your new feeds in one place...

How does it work?

This short video helps explain how RSS works. You might also like to watch RSS in Plain English.

A Potted Guide to RSS

This slideshow is good introduction to RSS


Choosing an RSS feed reader (or aggregator)

In order to 'collect' all your RSS feeds in one place, you need to subscribe to an RSS reader (also known as a feed reader or news aggregaor)

There are many different RSS readers available. Many are free to use on the web but require you to register first. 

To find an RSS reader, try...