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What is RSS? Why use it? And how to make it work for you
Last Updated: May 13, 2010 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a technology that easily allows you to receive updates from web sites, library databases and other online resources all in one location. 

The information is supplied through an "RSS feed" that you subscribe to, and it's collected by a feed reader (also called an aggregator).

7 Things You Should Know About RSS (Educause)


RSS Made Simple


Why use RSS?

Using RSS will save you time and ensure that you don't miss any important updates made to your favorite information sources.  You can use it to keep up with:

  • Research developments in your field
  • Table of contents from new issues of journals
  • New articles on a specific topic
  • New books in the library catalog
  • Job postings
  • Current Events
  • Podcasts of lectures, foreign language lessons, etc

Uses in Research

This video tutorial provides an overview of RSS feeds and how to use them in your research. (Tutorial created by Ebling Library, University of Wisconsin System)  

RSS video


Check out this basic video (under 4 minutes) from CommonCraft that explains RSS.

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