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Current Awareness: RSS feeds

Ideas on how to keep up to date with current research.

What are RSS feeds and how do I set them up?

RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) delivers tables of contents or new search results to you without the need to visit multiple sites on a regular basis. All you need to do is the initial set up on the publisher or Table of Contents service website and decide what type of RSS feed reader is most suitable for you.

RSS set up

Setting up an RSS is easy. Just click on the  icon on journal websites and use the examples in the Setting up RSS feeds helpsheet as a guide.

RSS desktop delivery

To get your RSS feeds delivered to your desktop (pc or laptop), you will need a feed reader. Internet Explorer has an inbuilt one. However, readers need to be added to Chrome and Firefox, and to all but the latest versions of OS X. Users of Windows 10 are advised to use Chrome or Firefox because Microsoft Edge does not accommodate RSS feeds. See the desktop RSS feed readers helpsheet for information.

Web-based RSS feed readers

Web-based RSS feed readers allow you to access your feeds on the move on any device. There are a number of web-based RSS feed readers, one of which is Feedly. Information on setting up a Feedly account and how to set up RSS feeds using it can be found in the Feedly: web-based RSS feed reader helpsheet.