Staying Current: With Google Reader & RSS
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Staying Current: With Google Reader & RSS



Presented spring 2012 by UNCG Libraries

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  • Staying Current: alerts and feeds and more, oh my! Mimi Smith-DeCoster & Beth Filar-Williams
  • A check-in poll• Which of these have you used? A Google Reader or other RSS feed options B Alerts from databases and/or journals C Both of the above D Neither, tell me more!
  • RSS Feeds: what’s up with them?• RSS=Really Simple Syndication• Most blogs, news sites, etc. have an RSS feed• You can “subscribe” to that feed through a “reader” like Google Reader• Google reader aggregates all of those feeds into one place—you read that instead of going and checking each place
  • Getting set up with RSS• If you’re at UNCG, you already have Google Reader available (more > even more > under social)• Sending RSS to email is also an option
  • Video intro to RSS feeds “RSS in Plain English”From 2004(!!) but still a great basic explanation
  • Adding things to your• Click orange Subscribe button• 2 options: – 1) Search from Google Reader – 2) From the blog or other source, click the RSS Icon, copy the URL and paste it into that box that the Subscribe button gives you• Read what you want without hunting for it!• Organize: star, keep unread, tags
  • Demo of Google Reader
  • Staying Current: Alerts• Table of Contents• Keyword• Citation• Other alerts Current Awareness Guide:
  • Table of Contents AlertsReceive an alert of a new journal’s TOC – Search Journal Finder to see if we subscribe to it at UNCG through a database vendor – Use to find publisher or try your favorite subject database – Use – grab a journal RSS feed …. or login to create a list of favorite journal TOCs RSS feeds DEMO!
  • Keyword AlertsGet notified when articles are published thatmatch your subject criteria.• Search in a database, save the search, set an alert• Might have set up am account/log in for that database• Available in most databases DEMO!
  • Citation AlertsSelect an article & create an alert for every timeit is cited in another publication.• Citation alerts are not available in all databases: Web of Science, JSTOR, and Science Direct DEMO!
  • Staying alert• Beside RSS in a Google Reader… – Email alerts – Follow using Twitter• Also, Google alerts, blogs, newspaper alerts, new books alerts, and more!
  • Visit the Current Awareness Libguide
  • Q&A