You may be hearing about RSS or you may have seen the or symbols on one of the Library's many electronic resources. If so, you may wonder what it means and what use it can be to you. First, what is RSS? RSS (now Really Simple Syndication) is a method that organizations can use to package news and alerts in such a way that you can read all of the news that interests you together in one place. For example, you can get sports news, library news and article alerts on your research topics all together in your RSS "news reader."
There are many reader for many different platforms, some are web-based and it is even possible to have RSS fed to your email.
RSS for Library News
Subscribe to the library news via RSS. Just paste this URL into your RSS reader: http://library.ucr.edu/xml/news.xml
RSS for Alerts
Some of our database vendors are starting to offer an option to receive updates and alerts in RSS format. If you don't use RSS, you can also receive alerts in other ways.
RSS capable databases:
- Compendex - Enter and perform a search and then, when viewing the results, click on
- Factiva - set up alerts by industry (e.g. travel or retail)
- Web of Science
RSS Capable Journals and Journal Publishers (for Tables of Contents):
- BioMed Central
- Cambridge Journals Online
- Cell Press journals
- IEEE Xplore digital library
- Institute of Physics (IoP)
- National Geographic
- Nature Publishing Group
- New Scientist
- Oxford University Press
- PC World
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
- Public Library of Science (PLoS)
- Likely more by now...
RSS on Library Guide Pages
We will begin incorporating RSS news and alerts on our Subject Guide pages in order to provide our users with the latest possible information.
What is RSS?
Still don't understand what RSS is? Try watching this video for a great explaination!