Feed Me! Using Rss & Web Tools

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Are you suffering with information overload? Trying to keep abreast of the latest research papers, industry or educational news, updates from professional organisations, conferences, government …

Are you suffering with information overload? Trying to keep abreast of the latest research papers, industry or educational news, updates from professional organisations, conferences, government reports, and ever-changing websites can be a challenge. RSS feeds are an excellent way of bringing relevant content to your desktop and keeping you up-to-date with new items of interest in your teaching or research subject areas, allowing you to control what information you access and how and when you access it.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to use RSS feeds, and bookmarking and citation tools, to help organise and manage online research material. This practical session will look at how to find and use feeds from key journals, publisher websites, and online library catalogues, as well as how to make the most of Learning Centre’s electronic resources to export, tag, and share your articles and links.

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  • 1. Feed me! Using RSS and Web Tools Helen Curtis and Jo Alcock Learning and Information Services Staff Development 2009/2010
  • 2. Session Aims
    • Introduction to RSS
    • Using a feed reader
    • RSS feeds for research and current awareness
    • Bookmarking, tagging, and sharing items
    • Applications of RSS and web tools in teaching
  • 3. What is RSS?
    • RSS = Really Simple Syndication
    • RSS enables you to subscribe to many web sources so that updated information comes directly to you.
    • www.commoncraft.com
  • 4. RSS feeds VS email alerts Adapted from: http://libguides.mit.edu/rss Aspect RSS Email Login/registration Usually subscribe to feeds with a few clicks and no registration required Set up account with each so may have to deal with multiple logins Segregate or integrate Segregates your news so it doesn’t get buried as you deal with more urgent emails Integrates your news with email so only one interface to check Managing new items Items automatically marked as read; much easier to manage if you fall behind with your reading Every new item that comes in has to be filed or filtered in some way Sharing and adding comments Easy to add tags and comments and share with others Forwarding emails to others. Inbox overload?
  • 5. How does RSS work?
  • 6. How can I use RSS?
    • Web-based reader
    • Check RSS feeds from any internet connection
    • Use web browser to check for new items
    • Greater social options e.g. sharing, following, tagging
    • Desktop-based reader
    • Located on a particular computer (e.g. home PC)
    • Use desktop software to check for new items
    • Greater customisation options e.g. filtering, personalisation
    NetNewsWire
  • 7. Getting started with Google Reader
  • 8. Finding RSS feeds
    • Latest news feeds
    • Publisher or bookseller feeds
      • New books or research papers
      • Most read or most cited publications
    • Journal feeds – Table of Contents (TOC)
    • Saved searches from online databases
    • New blog posts or updated websites
    • Favourite user’s bookmarks, articles or photos
  • 9. Journal feeds
    • Large research database from the British Library
    • Set up a Zetoc Alert
    • Add journals to your list
    • Receive TOC alert via email or RSS
    • ticTOCs table of contents service
    • Search for journals
    • View citations and links to full text (where subscription allows)
    • Export to a feed reader
    Useful reading: ticTOCs and Zetoc RSS: what are the differences?
  • 10. Saved Searches and Alerts
    • Saved search: set search terms and parameters and feed will update with new content that matches
    • Citation search: feed that will update when an article you are interested in is cited
    • Google alerts: use for tracking a subject, a news story, or see what is being written about you!
  • 11. Bookmarking, Tagging, & Sharing
    • Bookmarking: saving favourite web links
    • Tagging: your descriptive words to help locate links again
    • Sharing: with students, colleagues, research partners
  • 12.
    • See what we have tagged and shared with you at:
    • http://delicious.com/tag/wlvrss
  • 13. Some sharing tools
    • Google Reader – shared items and enables comments
    • Delicious – shared web resources
    • EndNote Web - create groups of shared references
    • Fur.ly - shorten multiple URLs into one
    • Clipmarks – highlight sections of websites
    • Friendfeed – bringing together feeds and enabling discussion via comments
    • Netvibes – start page, bring together feeds with widgets
  • 14. Using web tools in teaching
    • Encourage wider reading
      • Creating set of RSS feeds alongside a reading list
      • Embed feeds into PebblePad webfolio
    • Formative tasks
      • What have you read this week?
      • Share and comment on items
    • Tool for collaboration
      • Create a course subject or bookmark collection
      • Build start pages for a group project
    • Embed into research process
      • Research trail: part of literature search and review
  • 15. Contact us
    • Helen Curtis
    • Academic Resources Librarian
    • Ext. 3561
    • [email_address]
    • @helencurtis
    • Jo Alcock
    • Resources Librarian
    • Ext. 3273
    • [email_address]
    • @joeyanne