A guide to using RSS
RSS is part of the umbrella of web 2.0 second generation web
based services. Publishers, news organisations and
individuals are taking advantage of RSS as a method of syndicating
news, information and personal opinions via RSS feeds from their
websites and blogs.
These web pages aim to explain how RSS works, how it can be of
value to support teaching and research and to highlight which
library resources are using RSS to provide information, in written
and audio format.
What is RSS?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) is a string of
XML code which provides a “feed” or link between the site providing
the RSS feed and the subscribers RSS reader which displays the
information. Once the feed is added to the RSS reader
any new information from the site automatically appears within the
RSS is used to syndicate information regardless of media type,
for example, via text (news items, table of content alerts or
blogs) or audio (podcasts or music downloads).
How can RSS help me?
How to set up an RSS reader and find RSS
Which library resources (e-journals,
databases and websites) provide RSS feeds?
Further information sources
RSS news feeds from
This site provides a very useful “how-to” guide for RSS feeds and
instructions on how to receive feeds from the BBC website.
How RSS Works
Wikipedia provide a detailed explanation of the history and
technical applications of RSS.
RSS Update: It's RSS, Jim, but Not as We Know It, FreePint, No.
234, 26th July 2007.
Provides an engaging overview of RSS use at present, including
links to RSS feeds of potential interest to academics.
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