Using RSS to Keep Up in Research: The Google Reader

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  • 1. Using RSS to Keep Up in Research: The Google Reader
  • 2. Introductions • Do you use RSS now? • In your Research?
  • 3. Who Here Reads Newspapers?
  • 4. News Story Syndication Story appears here Story is written
  • 5. Syndication
  • 6. Syndication Appears in many papers
  • 7. Reading Newspapers
  • 8. RSS is like reading newspapers Lots of newspapers s!
  • 9. What is RSS? RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication
  • 10. From “Push” to “Pull”
  • 11. RSS in Plain English http://snipurl.com/1w8wi
  • 12. “My” Google Reader
  • 13. Types of Information RSS Can Bring to You • News Headlines • Web 2.0 – • News Search Results Blogs – Blog Search Results • Organizational News & – Del.icio.us Updates – Flickr Groups • Clinical Guidelines – Wikis • Grant Opportunities – Youtube • Journal Table of Contents – more … • Web Searches
  • 14. Examples of RSS Feeds: NIH Grants
  • 15. Examples of RSS Feeds: Blogs
  • 16. Examples of RSS Feeds: Pubmed Search
  • 17. Examples of RSS Feeds: Table of Contents
  • 18. Google Reader • http://www.google.com/reader
  • 19. Google Reader • Sign in with free account
  • 20. RSS Feed: Subscribing • 1. Find a feed. • 2. Find the RSS link . • 3. Copy the URL or link. • 4. Go to Google Reader. • 5. Click on Add Subscription. • 6. Paste in the link. • 7. Organize the new feed into your folders or subject structure.
  • 21. Subscribing • Some pages offer buttons you can just click on to add a feed. • This allows you to skip steps 2-6!
  • 22. Step 1 (Find Webpage) • Google News Search
  • 23. Step 2 (Find RSS Link)
  • 24. Step 3 (Copy Link) or This skips steps 4-6
  • 25. Step 4 (Go to Reader)
  • 26. Step 5 (Add Feed) • Click on Add subscription • This expands to give you space to paste the URL.
  • 27. Step 6 (Paste Link) • Paste the URL in the box, then click ADD.
  • 28. Step 7 (Sort Feed) The feed might look like this Manage subscriptions allow you to group feeds
  • 29. Step 7 (Sort Feed) • Choose a topic folder or create a new folder. • TIP: When you view a folder, you see the newest items for the topic all integrated together.
  • 30. “My” Google Reader
  • 31. Other Neat Things to Do With RSS • Environmental scanning and market research • Get weather reports, daily cartoons, sports scores … • Feed from social bookmarking sites like http://del.icio.us • Helvetireader - http://helvetireader.com/ – Firefox greasemonkey userscript • ticTOCS - http://www.tictocs.ac.uk • RefWorks – RSS • TWU Libraries’ journal alerting service page: http://www.twu.edu/library/alerting-service.asp
  • 32. Helvetireader
  • 33. ticTOCs
  • 34. Thank You! GREG HARDIN, M.L.S. REFERENCE LIBRARIAN TEXAS WOMAN'S UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES P.O. BOX 425528 :: DENTON , TEXAS :: 76204 940-898-3712 (w) | 940-898-3808 (fax) ghardin@mail.twu.edu http://myweb.twu.edu/~ghardin/RSS.pdf