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Tivo for the Internet: RSS Feeds for Research and Leisure: Home

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) enables one to "subscribe" to frequently updated content on the Internet. In this Lunch n' Learn session I demonstrate innovative uses of this technology for scholarly (and leisurely) research.

Lunch 'n Learn: Information Technology Seminars

Tivo for the Internet:

RSS Feeds for Research and Leisure


ATOM/RSS feeds are most often used on sites with frequently updated content (e.g., blogs, news sites, scholarly journals, etc.). This underutilized knowledge discovery tool will transform the way you work and play on the web.

This session will provide a basic overview of how RSS feeds work, review several methods of subscribing to web feeds, demonstrate how RSS feeds can be used to help scholars remain current in their fields, and share a few favorite sites that utilize this technology.

Web 2.0 Mindcloud

Tim O'Reiley's Web 2.0 concept is graphically represented in this Mindcloud by Marcus Angermier, released under the cc 2.0 attribution-share alike license. 


Web2.0 english - original version



What Is RSS?

“RSS is a simple XML-based system that allows users to subscribe to their favorite websites. Using RSS, webmasters can put their content into a standardized format, which can be viewed and organized through RSS-aware software or automatically conveyed as new content on another website.”

Simple RSS Explanation

The cryptic "Really Simple Syndication" explanation of RSS usually conveys little to those who don't consider themselves techies. The tivo analogy used in the title of this talk is one often used in the blogosphere, I find it effective for explaining the concept. This graphic below, from the Back in Skinny Jeans Blog, is an excellent simplification of the concept; it is from a blog post called "How To Explain RSS The Oprah Way".

Video: RSS In Plain English

This Common Craft tutorial is the most succinct and effective I have seen on this topic.

RSS Icons

This image is a collection of RSS feed icons that are used to promote and facilitate access to the RSS feeds of the sites where they reside. The image contains links to several popular RSS feed readers: Newsgator Online, My Yahoo, Bloglines, and Feedster. The RSS Advisory Board composed this image and release it under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike License.

RSS icons, buttons and badges

Source of Image: 

Chemistry Librarian

Anne Langley
111 Lewis Library
Website / Blog Page