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Presented at Centre for Education Technology (CET) Workshop at the University of Cape Town in March 2011

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  • Getting Information From RSS Feeds Into RefWorksRefWorks has integrated a RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feed Reader so you can easily:- add your favorite RSS Feeds from publishers and websites- view the information  - import data into your RefWorks databaseRSS feeds can include headlines, short descriptions of the feed, and other information.To Add a RSS Feed:1. Locate the RSS feed you wish to include.2. Right mouse click on the RSS icon and select Copy Shortcut3. From within RefWorks select RSS Feed from the Search Menu4. Paste the shortcut into the text bar and click the Add RSS Feed button5. Your feeds will be listed alphabetically by the title of the feed which has been provided by the feed itself.  The list will also include the feed provider’s description.To View RSS Data and Import:1. Launch the RSS Feed by clicking on the name link.  Your feed results will be displayed in a separate window2. Select the records you wish to import by clicking on the appropriate checkboxes.3. Select a folder to import your records to in the Put in Folder drop-down.4. After the import you will be taken to the Import view in RefWorks. (or whatever you are using for this page).  Click on View Last Imported to see the feeds.To Delete a RSS Feed:1. Click on the delete link to the right of your feed nameTo Edit the Information Displayed on the RSS Feed Page:1. Click on the edit link to the right of your feed name2. Make any changes to the URL, Name or Description3. Click Save

Newsfeeds and More: a mini-workshop Presentation Transcript

  • 1. NEWSFEEDS AND MORE …. A mini-workshop presented by Ingrid Thomson, UCT Libraries
  • 2. IS THIS WHAT YOU FEEL LIKE?
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    http://blog.vecci.org.au/2010/10/20/surviving-the-information-deluge
  • 3. /
    OUTLINE OF WORKSHOP
    SOME STRATEGIES FOR STAYING ABREAST OF CURRENT INFORMATION (A brief discussion)
    WHAT ARE NEWSFEEDS?
    WHY USE NEWSFEEDS?
    FINDING NEWSFEEDS
    HOW TO GET STARTED (and getting started)
    FINDING THE ‘GOOD STUFF’
  • 4. Use the technology which is available to turn the latest online content into a subscription which can be delivered to one place.
    SO HOW TO STAY ABREAST
  • 5. RSS = Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary or Atom or XML or Feeds or Newsfeed or Webfeed or Channel or Blogfeeds or Ready for Some Stories.
    AND THE TECHNOLOGY IS …
  • 6. WHAT IS RSS?
    Technical or Geeky explanation
    XML-based standard for sending information over the internet
    Looks something like this …
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?><rss version="2.0"><channel>
    <title>RSS Title</title> <description>This is an example of an RSS feed</description>
    <link>http://www.someexamplerssdomain.com/main.html</link> <lastBuildDate>Mon, 06 Sep 2010 00:01:00 +0000 </lastBuildDate> <pubDate>Mon, 06 Sep 2009 16:45:00 +0000 </pubDate> <item>
    <title>Example entry</title> <description>Here is some text containing an interesting description.</description> <link>http://www.wikipedia.org/</link> <guid>unique string per item</guid> <pubDate>Mon, 06 Sep 2009 16:45:00 +0000 </pubDate> </item> </channel></rss>
  • 7. WHAT INFO CAN I GET VIA FEEDS?
    Many bookmarked web sites that you check regularly
    News headlines, weather and any other news – real time news
    Latest podcasts, videos
    Web search engines and databases you use provide feeds for your search results
    Journals in your research fields or areas of interest provide feeds to new issues as they are published
    .
  • 8. ADVANTAGES OF USING FEEDS
    Fewer emails in your email box
    Users do not disclose their email address when subscribing to a feed and so no spam, viruses, phishing, and identity theft.
    Users do not have to send an unsubscribe request to stop receiving news. They simply remove the feed from their aggregator.
    Keep the items you want to keep, share the items you want to share
    You choose when to look at your feeds.
  • 9. Have you ever seen icons like these?
    middlesexjobsearch.wikispaces.com
  • 10. GET A FEED OR RSS READER OR AGGREGATOR
    Different types of readers from desktop based, internet based or mobile-phone based.
    Windows, OS, Linux, mobile phones, and web-based.
    Browsers like IE can be used as readers as well.
    Check out the Ultimate RSS Toolbox at http://mashable.com/2007/06/11/rss-toolbox/.
  • 11. FORMAT OF A FEED
    Link to story
    Title
    Brief descriptive content
    Updated feeds
  • 12. OPTIONS FOR WEB-BASED READERS: BLOGLINES
  • 13. OPTIONS FOR WEB-BASED READERS: GOOGLE
    Login
    Google Reader
  • 14. SO WHERE DO I FIND FEEDS?
    Two places:-
    Many internet browsers e.g. Firefox, IE, Google Chrome now have the ability to find and subscribe to RSS feeds built right into them.
    On websites (which could be search engines, directories of feeds [e.g. Syndic8.com], academic databases amongst other places).
  • 15. ADDING FEEDS
  • 16. BROWSERS
    Google Chrome
    Internet Explorer
    Firefox
  • 17. GOOGLE CHROME
    Need to add a special Google Chrome Extension
  • 18. GOOGLE CHROME
    Feed
  • 19. INTERNET EXPLORER
    Will add to your IE Browse
    FEED
  • 20. FIREFOX
    Feed
    Choose your reader
  • 21. DIRECTORY OF FEEDS
  • 22. SEARCH ENGINES
    RSS feed for alerting to new updated information
  • 23. NEWS HEADLINES
    RSS Feed for Health Stories on IOL
  • 24. HOW DO I ADD FEEDS?
    Choose your reader
  • 25. Table of Contents
    Use library resources such as Ulrich’s Periodicals Database or the Journal Portal or individual databases to locate RSS feeds for latest table of contents
    OR check out TicTocs.
    OR look up the title on Google and add the words “RSS feed”
    ACADEMIC JOURNALS
  • 26. ACADEMIC JOURNALS
    Select Informaworld
  • 27. ACADEMIC JOURNALS
    RSS feed
  • 28. ACADEMIC JOURNALS
    To have the alerts come via Google Reader
  • 29. ACADEMIC JOURNALS
    Feed is added automatically because I am signed in.
  • 30. ACADEMIC JOURNALS
  • 31. DATABASES
    Two ways to use databases
    Create journal alerts on journal titles available from that database
    Search-based alerts
    EBSCO, PROQUEST, PubMed, Ovid
    LIBRARY DATABASES
  • 32. LIBRARY DATABASES
    RSS
    Feed
  • 33. LIBRARY DATABASES
    Keyword search
    Use this to grab the RSS feed
    Indicates RSS feed
  • 34. LIBRARY DATABASES
    Click here to create an alert
  • 35. LIBRARY DATABASES
    Copy and paste this feed url into your reader to subscribe to the feed.
  • 36. LIBRARY DATABASES
    Click on Add a subscription and put the feed in and click on ADD
  • 37. LIBRARY DATABASES
    Feed is added.
  • 38. WEBSITES/BLOGS AND OTHER SCHOLARLY RESOURCES
    RSS feed
  • 39. REFWORKS AND RSS
    . Using RefWorks?
    RefWorks has an intergrated RSS Feed Reader.
    Simply add the feed URL which will be added to your RefWorks database
  • 40. NO RSS FEED ON THE SITE?
  • 41. STILL HOOKED ON EMAIL?
  • 42. SOME USEFUL TIPS TO STAY IN CONTROL
    • Results that have nothing to do with your keywords - use site called Feed Rinse, add the feed and get the posts blocked that have that word in the post or title.
    • 43. Subscribe only to the category’s feeds where that is an option.
    • 44. Review your feeds regularly - you want to stay in control not the feeds