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Subscribing to Online Information using RSS

Necia Wolff
Business/Distance Learning Librarian
Louis J. Blume Library, St. Mary's University
http://library.stmarytx.edu/acadlib/subject/misc/rss.html

Workshop Date: September 13, 2007




What is RSS?

rss icon images


What websites can I subscribe to?

There are innumerable sites that provide RSS feeds. Some of the most common websites that publish RSS feeds are:


What type of information is out there?

RSS is not limited to written information. Several websites offer RSS feeds for pictures, audio (podcasts), and video. Examples:

There are also RSS feeds for periodicals in the library's research databases.



Subscribing to a RSS feed

You will need a RSS aggregator to subscribe to RSS feeds. These aggregators search each of your RSS feeds and alert you when the site publishes new content.

Some stand-alone RSS aggregators:

Programs with RSS readers



Setting up a Google Reader account

Google Reader is a web-based RSS aggregator. You can set up a free account and start subscribing to RSS feeds today!

We will set up an account in this session.

  1. Go to Google Reader
  2. Sign in with your Google Account or Create a Google Account
  3. Start adding feeds!

During the session, I brought the library's Bloglines account and demonstrated how to add feeds. The class worked on adding feeds to their Bloglines accounts.



I need more feeds!

There are several search engines that you can use to find RSS feeds. Here are a few:



Interesting RSS feeds for St. Mary's faculty/staff

Here are some RSS feeds...

Academic feeds

St. Mary's feeds

During the session, I brought the library's Bloglines account and demonstrated how to add feeds. The class worked on adding feeds to their Bloglines accounts.


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Workshop presentation for St. Mary's University faculty and staff.

Developed by Necia Wolff, Business/Distance Learning Librarian, Louis J. Blume Library, St. Mary's University.

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phone: 210-431-2299 x1452
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Related Workshop: Introduction to Blogging

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