How to set up an RSS reader and find RSS feeds

To view the information provided via an RSS feed you firstly need to subscribe to an RSS reader.  There are many different readers available, both freely available on the internet and to purchase.  Once the RSS reader has been chosen, all that needs to be done is for the RSS feed information (the xml code) to be added to the reader.


How to choose an RSS reader
There are various options available, and which you choose will depend on how you wish to view your RSS feeds. 

Web-based RSS readers
Ideal if you want to check your RSS feeds from several different computers, at work and at home for example.  Two of the most popular web-based RSS readers are Bloglines and Google Reader.

Web-browser readers
Newer versions of web browsers (e.g. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 and Mozilla Firefox) have RSS feed readers built-in and are useful desktop alternatives, which remove the need to use an additional piece of software.

Desktop readers 
Desktop readers are suitable if you wish to read your RSS feeds from one computer.  The new student image provides access to the desktop RSS reader, SharpReader.

Bibliographic software
The bibliographic software tool Refworks  provides an integrated RSS feed reader, which can be used to automatically import selected references into Refworks.

More RSS feed readers (of all types) can be found via the RSS Compendium

How do I know if an RSS feed is available?
There are standard symbols which indicate if an RSS Feed is available, for example:

RSS icon        RSS icon 2    Bloglines icon      RSS 2.0 icon


How do I add a feed to my RSS feeder?
Normally there will be instructions on the reader to guide you through the procedure.
Once a feed has been added it is stays within the reader, automatically providing new content as soon as it is released for syndication.

RSS homepage

Which library resources (e-journals, databases and websites) provide RSS feeds?


Page last updated by Carl Barrow on 8/31/2011