How Do I Use RSS Feeds?

What is RSS? | Why RSS? | How it Works | Choosing a Feed Reader


RSS What is RSS?

  • RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content to the user on a regular basis. Many news-related sites, blogs and other online publishers provide their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it. 
    • Example: The DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University publishes a blog, the DNL Report, that provides information about library events, resources, new services and more.
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  • RSS allows you to easily navigate the vast amount of information being produced on the web daily by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in and bringing it directly to you to read on your own time. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually and ensure that you don’t miss any new content.
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RSS How it Works

  • There are a variety of free RSS Feed Readers* available for different computer and internet platforms. Sign up for a free account with an RSS feed reader and as you encounter news sites, blogs and other constantly changing websites, add the RSS feeds  to your reader in several simple steps:

    1. Locate and click on the about_rss symbol on the web page (often found in the URL field).

    2. Choose your Feed Reader provider from the list, log-in to your account (if you aren't already), and you will now receive updates from that website.

    3. Visit your Feed Reader online in your free time to read the latest and archived entries from each site.
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RSS * Choosing a Feed Reader

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