Keeping up to date final

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Keeping up to date final

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

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