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An introduction to RSS feeds by Maureen Couacaud ECU Library

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  • RSS feeds
    Maureen Couacaud
  • What we will covered
    What is RSS?
    What is it used for?
    Exercises
    - Subscribe to an RSS feed in IE or Firefox
    - Subscribe to Google Scholar & subscribe
    to multiple RSS feeds
    Video(1.6min)
  • What is RSS?
    Talking about information drawn from the internet/web
    Blogs & websites (feedscan include pictures & links to audio or video)
    LIBRARY Catalogue
    LIBRARY Databases~! (with a little tweeking!)
    Really Simple Syndication
    OR
    Feeds or Web feeds
    Latest information added to the site is pushed out to you (Web 2.0 version of email alerts - push technology)
  • More …
    the website has to offer RSS (or use http://page2rss.com )
    you have to subscribe to it
    its free
    stored in in someone else's web space
  • Does your favourite website offer RSS?
    Use the website search box & ask
    Lookout for these icons & words
  • Exercise 1: Subscribe to an RSS feed & have it delivered to your IE window
    • Open IE
    • go to http://abc.net.au
    • search for “rss feeds” 
    • click on RSS Feeds
  • Browse & pick an RSS feed from the list on the left
  • Copy & past the RSS URL to the address bar
  • Exercise 2: Subscribe to an RSS feed & have it delivered to your Firefox window
    Bookmarks
  • Google Reader
    • Why use Google Reader?
    • Receives feeds
    • Consolidates feeds
    • Organises feeds
    • Shares feeds
    • Grabs web pages
    • Demo
    • Video (13.3min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSPZ2Uu_X3Y
  • Features of Google Reader?
    Useful when you subscribe to many RSS feeds
    Easy to use
    View subscriptions (ALL or singly)
    Personalise feeds
    Star
    Share (can add a note)
    Email
    Notes (can also grab info from a webpage)
  • Organising your feeds
    “Manage subscriptions”
    rename your feed
    bin it
    add it to a folder
    Trends (how do you use Google Reader?)
    View your feeds in iGoogle
  • Google Reader
    • Exercises:
    • Use Google Reader to browse for feeds
    • Site offers RSS link to Google Reader
    • Copy an RSS URL into Google Reader
    • Copy Library database RSS URL into Google Reader (after removing WAM authentication)
  • Google Reader
    login into your gmail account gmail.google.com
    or go directly to http://google.com/reader
    click on Reader (top left)
  • Google Reader
    Exercise 3: add an RSS feed
    Use Google Reader to browse for feeds
    Go to Google Reader
    Click on (top left)
    Browse through their lists of feeds, select one then click on ADD
  • Google Reader
    Exercise 4: add an RSS feed from ???
    RSS site offers link to Google Reader
    Try: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/
    http://dornob.com
    http://zenhabits.net/
    click on the RSS or Subscribe to this feed button
    Select Google Reader & press enter
  • Google Reader
    Exercise 5: add an RSS feed
    Copy an RSS URL into Google Reader
    try: http://abc.net.au (search for a feed)
    http://thebredafallacy.blogspot.com/
    click on & paste the URL
    into the text box & click on ADD
  • Google Reader
    Exercise 6: For students & staff, researchers
    Subscribe to an ECU library database RSS feed
    First, manually remove ECU authentication from
    0- AND.library.ecu.edu.au:80/ (delete up to the /)
    Copy RSS URL & paste into Google Reader
    http://0-search.informit.com.au.library.ecu.edu.au/rss;res=IELBUS;issn=1031-8968
    http://search.informit.com.au/rss;res=IELBUS;issn=1031-8968
    http://0-search.ebscohost.com.library.ecu.edu.au/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&bquery=(ACADEMIC+LIBRARIES)&type=1&site=ehost-live&scope=site
  • RSS services in Library databases
    Topic RSS feeds
    • Academic OneFile (Gale) shows results list+FT , doesn’t prompt for authentication
    • ProQuestshows results list, prompts for authentication for FT
    • EBSCO shows results list, prompts for authentication for FT
    • WilsonWebshows results list+FT , doesn’t prompt for authentication
    • ISI (individual database – not WOK)
    shows results list, does not link to FT (doesn’t prompt for authentication)
    Journal contents pages feeds
    • Informitshows results list, does not link to FT (doesn’t prompt for authentication)
    • Emerald shows results list, does not link to FT (doesn’t prompt for authentication)
  • Database RSS demos
    Proquest
    Sport Discus (EBSCO)
  • What we have covered
    What is RSS?
    What is it used for?
    Exercises
    - Subscribe to an RSS feed in IE or Firefox
    - Subscribe to Google Scholar & subscribe
    to multiple RSS feeds