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An introduction to RSS feeds by Maureen Couacaud ECU Library

An introduction to RSS feeds by Maureen Couacaud ECU Library

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  • 1. Maureen Couacaud
  • 2.  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)
  • 3.  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)
  • 4.  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
  • 5.  Use the website search box & ask  Lookout for these icons & words
  • 6.  Open IE  go to http://abc.net.au  search for “rss feeds”  click on RSS Feeds
  • 7.  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
  • 8.  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)
  • 9.  “Manage subscriptions”  rename your feed  bin it  add it to a folder  Trends (how do you use Google Reader?)  View your feeds in iGoogle
  • 10.  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)
  • 11.  login into your gmail account gmail.google.com or go directly to http://google.com/reader  click on Reader (top left)
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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&bqu ery=(ACADEMIC+LIBRARIES)&type=1&site=ehost-live&scope=site
  • 16. Topic RSS feeds  Academic OneFile (Gale) shows results list+FT , doesn’t prompt for authentication  ProQuest shows results list, prompts for authentication for FT  EBSCO shows results list, prompts for authentication for FT  WilsonWeb shows 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  Informit shows 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)
  • 17.  Proquest  Sport Discus (EBSCO)
  • 18.  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