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What is an Alert or RSS Feed?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a Web information format that tracks news or information from one or more sites and feeds this information to a RSS vehicle such as Google Reader or MyYahoo.  This is an efficient and easy way to keep up with many topics and new items from multiple professional and personal sources as soon as the news is released. You can create or subscribe to RSS feeds from web browsers such as Google News or article databases such as EBSCO.

How do I use RSS?

The most common way to use RSS feeds is through an RSS reader or aggregator. There are many readers available that allow you to utilize information feeds. Most web browsers and e-mail providers offer ways that you can view RSS feeds.

Try Google Reader or MyYahoo to begin exploring this option. Look for information that allows you to personalize a page to begin the process and follow the directions to add an RSS feed.

In resources you want to that have topics you want to keep track of, watch for the orange RSS feed button RSS feed buttonand click ‘Copy Shortcut’ or ‘Copy Link Location’ in the menu that appears.


What are Alerts?

Alerts are similar to RSS feeds in that you can set up a ongoing search of a database, news source or search engine to repeat a search and email the newest results to you. You can create Alerts from web browsers such as Google News or article databases such as EBSCO. Watch for how to set up Alerts with each webpage or database you use and follow directions.