RSS feeds and aggregators
'An alternative means of accessing the vast amount of information that now exists on the Internet. Instead of the user browsing websites for information of interest, the information is sent directly to the user.' (1)
RSS allows you to customise the way information comes to you. The BBC website has an excellent introductory guide to using RSS.
To use RSS, you need an RSS aggregator (or feed reader) to find RSS feeds. The majority of aggregators are free, and simple to use. Aggregators automatically check your selected news summaries, weblogs, or other sources of information on the web, searching for new entries and updated items. A web feed is a document, in XML format which lists summaries of news items or blog posts, with a link to the original version. RSS is the main web feed format, but another you may encounter is Atom.
It is possible to find RSS aggregators for your PC, your tablet, your smartphone - any device where you view information via the web.
Setting up RSS feeds
This is a very easy process but is specific to the aggregator you choose. Often you can add an icon to your toolbar, so that as you discover feeds that you want to add, just click on the icon and it does so automatically.
Setting up feeds for specific searches
It is possible to set up an RSS feed so that you are automatically alerted when new research is indexed by services such as Proquest Central and EBSCO Host. For the best, current help on setting up RSS feeds on your search, contact your librarian.
1. What is RSS?, [Online] Available from: http://www.whatisrss.com/ [Accessed 10th June 13:00:20]