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RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an easy online way to share content (Really Simple Syndication). Usually stronger in the time-use RSS subscription content to more rapid access to information, the website provides RSS output is beneficial for users to access the latest content updates.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) (Rich Site Summary) RSS is a standard distribution format for publishing regular updates to web content simultaneously in more than one location. The content tends to be “headlines” rather than extensive content. The benefit of RSS One can subscribe to a few trusted sources of information, and then any new content from those sources is delivered to a reader called an aggregator, or to a website. The researcher finds all of the new content from the various sources in one place. Who has RSS Most RSS feeds are from blogs and news, but there are some from directories and the number of feeds is increasing. Some academic journals are publishing RSS feeds of their tables of contents and articles, such as the Journal of Theological Studies from Oxford Journals. http://jts.oxfordjournals.org/rss/. How to RSS There is a list of aggregator software, some of which is free, at the RSS Compendium site, http://allrss.com/rssreaders.html. An RSS feed reader may be downloaded and installed. There are also free Web services, such as Bloglines, MyYahoo, and Google Reader which do not require the user to download and install software. The difference is fewer features and slightly slower performance for the Web services vs. aggregator software. If you want to read your feeds on the computers in the library computer lab, you’ll need to use on of the web services listed above. You can find out if your favorite research site offers an RSS feed by looking for a small rectangular orange or blue or icon, or just the word RSS or XML usually located on the left or right side of the page. To subscribe, users can right click the icon or word, select Copy Shortcut, and paste the resulting address into their reader or RSS Web service. Some blogs or news sites will have lists of services to which their feed can be added automatically. You’ll see icons for each service available. Just click on the button for the service to which you subscribe. RSS Directories There are RSS directories such as www.rssfeeds.com to help in locating feeds. If a user doesn’t want to choose his/her own feeds, there are Websites that serve as aggregators of RSS feeds, such as NewsIsFree http://www.newsisfree.com, and DayPop www.daypop.com. Benefits of using RSS feeds: • Efficiency -- news and information is automatically there when you need it. • Breadth -- content from the web sources you care about are consolidated. • Organization -- sources can be displayed in order of importance with the latest news on top. • Productivity -- email newsletter subscriptions and bookmarks can lead to clutter and information overload.
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