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Part of the Doctoral Development Programme at The University of Sheffield.

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  • No need to check loads of sites just in caseYou mark things as read, stuff cant get “lost”Stops email growing out of hand or distracting you when doing other stuffCan organise in folders by source/content etc to suit your information Easy to share with others, and vice versaBenefits outweigh the fact that you need to check feeds as well as emails.
  • Small icons may be at top or bottom of the screen
  • Loads of other readers out there, but not all will be there long-term. Google reader has been around a long time, but like other Google products is developing Set up is easy you dont need to be a techiePresenter clicks on g reader link on slide. Show create account button and click.Show account creation screenWill be able to DIY during hands on with workbook
  • Citation go into Scopus personal account saved search all results and show RSS iconThen sort by citations, pick one ,click on title then set feed
  • You need a personal account. We have demos in the ISR – click on linkto show you how to do it, don’t want to take up too much time nowCan use workbook and give individual help in hands on time
  • No 1 tool does it all. You may need to use more than 1. your needs can change over timeWe have subject databases too.****************************************So that covers peer reviewed journal lit.Look at other areas next
  • Show my reader with some journal feeds
  • Finding information about specialist sources or topics eg conferences, statistics, news services
  • =current opinion as well as newsGood ones have tags to group posts and update frequently
  • Google blog search, designed specifically to retrieve blogsUse Advanced Search as usual with google Choose to search for blogs about your topic. Bottom half of form.Can also search all blogs for postingsGoogle blog search Is in workbookCheck the authority of blog posts; Technorati tracks links between blogs and uses this to determine the “authority” of blogs. The more blogs linking to your site, the higher your authority.Tutor guide on how to use Technorati - http://websearch.about.com/od/dailywebsearchtips/qt/dnt0719.htmSearch strategy
  • Open my Google Reader account m.tattersall@sheffield.ac.uk not gmailShow Journal Table of ContentsAsk if anyone uses iGoogle – show own if timeLots of videos available through the Google Reader help screens, particularly useful are Organising – folders, tags and bundles; Star items which are particularly useful; Sharing – writing and sharing notes, how can get into stuff already read, tag, star, organise through folder

Keeping up to date with RSS feeds Keeping up to date with RSS feeds Presentation Transcript

  • Library DDPKeeping up-to-date with RSS feeds
    Marion Tattersall & Lyn Parker
    Academic Development Team
    University of Sheffield Library
  • Today’s 1 hour session
    Introductory talk
    What is RSS, why it is useful,
    How it works for different sources
    Hands-on practice with workbook(s)
    tasks at your own pace, staff to helpsuggested time 30 mins
    Feedback
    about today
    further contact for evaluation project
  • What is RSS?
    RSS is a web feed to which you subscribe
    Useful for content which changes regularly
    Collects material from a wide variety of sources
    Databases of peer reviewed articleseg Scopus, Web of Science, Pubget
    Journal tables of contents
    Web pages, news alerts, blogs
  • Why use RSS?
    All your alerts from different sources in 1 place – the feed reader
    Controls/tailors what you get
    Clear format to scan – not overwhelming
    Avoids losing or deleting important items
    Reduces risk of spam and frozen email inbox
    Can organise tags/folders to suit you
    Helps you share with colleagues
  • Why use RSS?
    RSS saves you time and effort and it’s easy
    See RSS in 100 seconds video
  • RSS symbol for available feeds
    More frequently a standard icon is used
    Previously
  • Look for the symbol it may be small, at top, at bottom.....
  • How do I get started with RSS?
    1 Choose a feed readerWe recommend
    www.google.com/readerBloglines is a popular alternative
    2 Setup the reader
    3 Organise it to suit youfolders, display options
  • Advice on setting up Google reader
    www.google.com/reader Set up an account and follow the workbook instructions
    Follow our online interactive tutorialLibrary information skills resourceResearcher’s tab Keeping up to date,
    Watch a video on YouTube Getting Started with Google Readerabout 1 year old runs for 2 mins
  • Add some feeds 1: Databases
    Slightly older articles, but specific
    keywords, authors
    citations to follow influential papers
    Scopus & Web of Science - multi-disciplinary
    subject specific ones eg Pubget for Biomedicine, MLA for languages
    Keep your references current
    Extra benefit from previous searches
  • RSS feeds from Scopus
    Set up personal account
    Carry out specific search
    keywords, authors, combine terms......
    test on short time period
    citation (cited reference)
    use a key paper,
    find by sorting other results in citation order
    Process details
    See workbook 1
  • Web of Science RSS feeds
    Also require a personal account
    Same search advice
    NB Must save to server.
    Form covers email too, must select RSS
    Process
    screencasts in Library ISR include citation alert
    workbook
    field tagged
  • Alerts: WoS or Scopus?
    All WoS journals are in Scopus - except Arts
    Scopus has expanded its Arts coverage
    Engineering and medicine – more in Scopus
    Test which works best– now & later
    Don’t be distracted by the interfaceit’s the results that count
    Use both? – sometimes/always
    You may also need a subject database
  • Add some feeds 2: Journal contents pages
    Latest articles, but not topic specific
    Useful once you know the key journals
    Use aggregator services
    ZetocBritish Library service > 20,000 journalseasy to use, good help and FAQ
    ticTOCS14,000 titles, some not in Zetoc. searching for possible titles differsexport to reader a little more complex
  • INFORMAL COMMUNICATION
    Personal communication
    Discussion boards
    Email lists
    Blogs/Wikis
    Immediate
    PEER REVIEWED
    Scholarly books – 12 mths
    Published theses – 3 mths
    Journal articles – 6 mths
    Scholarly Information Cycle
    Rough time scale to publication
    GREY LITERATURE
    Reports/Working Papers–
    3-6 mths
    Posters/Conference papers – 3 mths
    News - Immediate
    Web pages - Immediate
  • Add some feeds: 3 News
    From news sites eg BBCNews sections of other sites
    eg learned societies, professional bodies
    From recommended websites
    Eg Library’s own list on next slide
    Using Google Alerts
  • Links to useful Internet resources can be found on the Library webpages:
    http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/useful
  • Google Alerts
    Google Reader is not the only feature that Google provide to keep you up to date
    Try Google Alerts
    monitoring a developing news story
    keeping current on a competitor or industry
    tracking medical or technological advances
    getting the latest on a celebrity or sports team
    searching for new videos that match a specific topic
    http://www.google.com/alerts
    Delivered by RSS feed into your Google Reader account
  • Add feeds: 4 Blogs informal IMMEDIATE info
    Web log = blog like a diary
    Chronological - most recent first
    Primary source of information about relevant people and research
    Internet publishing & reflective practice
    follow leaders, expand your network, build your reputation, get feedback.....
    University advice in setting up and using
    Evaluate carefully to avoid overload
  • INFORMAL COMMUNICATION
    Personal communication
    Discussion boards
    Email lists
    Blogs/Wikis
    Immediate
    PEER REVIEWED
    Scholarly books – 12 mths
    Published theses – 3 mths
    Journal articles – 6 mths
    Scholarly Information Cycle
    Rough time scale to publication
    GREY LITERATURE
    Reports/Working Papers–
    3-6 mths
    Posters/Conference papers – 3 mths
    News - Immediate
    Web pages - Immediate
  • What next with Google Reader?
    Star items, add notes, share with your friends
    Find out how from Google Reader Help
    Explanatory pages eg organizing covers tags and folders
    Links to videos
    Help forum
    Feed into other services such as iGoogle, Netvibes, Pageflakes etc.
  • Summary
    RSS feeds help you to
    save time & effort
    save and organise items
    tap into formal and informal sources
    prioritise & share information
  • Find out more – try it out
    Extra time today
    30 mins recommended
    login to MUSE Library tab
    have another browser window open
    Workbook(s) in your own time
    Library information skills resource
    slides, workbooks, interactive tutorials
    details in workbook
  • What else?
    Record progress in your ePortfolio in uSpace
    training need met? How will you work differently? What was most useful in practice?
  • Library contact details
    Library DDP Feedback
    – email us your comments
    join our evaluation project
    For subject specific help contact your Faculty Librarian
    All other Library stafflibrary@sheffield.ac.uk