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Reading articles from your favourite journals gets a bit easier when you have the Contents sent to you as an RSS feed. To do this, you need to select a specialized application called an RSS feed ...

Reading articles from your favourite journals gets a bit easier when you have the Contents sent to you as an RSS feed. To do this, you need to select a specialized application called an RSS feed reader, create an account, then sign up for some feeds. This session will show you how to do this for yourself.

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Feed Your Need to Read: RSS Feeds Feed Your Need to Read: RSS Feeds Presentation Transcript

  • Feed Your Need to Read Gwendolyn MacNairn Computer Science Librarian Dalhousie University Dal Libraries UnZipped September 1, 2011
  • Do you need to read?
  • Do you read online?
  • User Information “ Save the Time of the Reader” Ranganathan User Information Information Shifting
    • Really Simple Syndication
      • Rich Site Summary
        • RDF Site Summary
    • Syndication describes the distribution
    RSS
    • Examples are popular cartoons or columns
      • Dilbert
      • Margaret Wente
    Common Source News Reader Syndication
  • HTML Browser Web page XML Aggregator Feed reader Source Language Applications Display
  • Publisher: Elsevier Database: ScienceDirect Reading Table of Contents (TOCs) for Scholarly Journals
    • Communications of the ACM (journal)
    • Michael Geist (blog)
    • Technology NPR (news)
    What do YOU read? Content is usually a variety of sources
  • Google Reader
    • Communications of the ACM (journal)
    • Michael Geist (blog)
    • Technology NPR (news)
    Collect using an Aggregator
  • Sample Headline Headlines viewed in a Reader
  • Article viewed in a Reader
  • Same Headline on The Guardian webpage
  • Google Reader
    • Web-based aggregator
    • Free to use
    • Easy to create an account
    • Supports all major syndication formats
    • Customization features include
      • Starring items to read later…
      • Ability to share with others…
      • Keyboard shortcuts to Read with Speed
    Reasons
  • Google Login
  • Check the (numbers) Choose to read these feeds
  • Read Headlines for ACM If interested – mark with a star
  • CRC Chair of Internet & E-commerce Law (blog) Read headlines & mark with a star
  • Some Headlines in the News
  • Display your Starred Items
  • Display your Starred Items One item kept from May
  • Google Login Expanded text sufficient…
  • Google Login Want more? Go to the website…
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  • Google Login
  • Google Login Have time to read? Access the PDF…
  • Google Login Must be on campus
  • Find new Feeds
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  • Manage Subscriptions Unsubscribe to Delete
  • When done …
    • Discover what “current awareness” method works for you
    • Define your constraints and accept them
    • Try RSS but start slow, only 10-15 sites/blogs/feeds
      • time yourself
      • add or delete, as needed
    • Look for a "community"
    • Always be on the lookout for new & better sites
      • weed & purge to keep it manageable
    • Customize the “tool” to meet YOUR needs
    Usage Tips
  • ? Questions ? Dal Libraries UnZipped (2011)