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How to use RSS feeds

RSS feeds allow you to keep up to date with your favourite websites in an automated way. Examples of where you might find RSS feeds useful include: bringing together the latest tables of contents (TOCs) for your favourite journals; updates on your saved database searches or news updates from news websites and professional or trade association websites.

Why use RSS feeds?

RSS feeds are useful because:

  • It is not necessary to register separately at numerous sites
  • Your feeds are brought together in a single place distinct from your e-mail account
  • Your RSS reader will indicate whenever you have unread feeds available
  • You can look at your feeds whenever you like
  • The feeds have direct links to the item(s) on the host website, including to article level on TOCs
  • It is easy to unsubscribe from an RSS feed.

How can I read RSS feeds?

Internet Explorer version 7 and above includes RSS feed functionality. However, due to technical issues the RSS functionality is not available on university PCs.

Alternatively you can:

  • Register at an RSS reader website such as Bloglines
    or
  • Download and install RSS reader software

It will then be possible to subscribe to your chosen RSS feeds. Look out for the standard icon Atom icon, or sometimes XML icon or RSS icon. Right-click on the icon or RSS link, copy the shortcut or link location and paste it into your RSS reader.

RSS feeds for your favourite journals

  • Using Advanced Search: search by title keyword, subject, etc. limiting your search to journals with RSS Available
  • The URL for the feed(s) are available on the Abstracting / Indexing & Article Access tab of the journal records.