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RSS Feeds

RSS (Rich Site Summary; originally RDF Site Summary; often called Really Simple Syndication) is a tool that allows web publishers to provide a 'feed' of updates from their sites to anyone who wants to know when new material is published.

Google Reader was once the king of so-called 'feedreaders' however Google shuttered that project some years ago.

The most prominent RSS aggregator or feedreader nowadays is probably Feedly.

If you already use RSS, you can skip ahead to step 2.


Step 1: Create a Feedly account

Go to https://feedly.com/ and find the 'Get Started for Free' button.


Click it, and a pop-up will appear that looks like this:


You can see there are many ways to create an account - you might like to create a native Feedly account using an email address and password.

Alternatively, if you regularly use a Google, Facebook or Twitter account, you can click the respective button to proceed.


Step 2: Adding Content to your Feedly account

This video explains how to add feeds to Feedly, in case you prefer to follow along with a video!





Once you have a Feedly account, you just need to add the RSS feeds for your favourite journals and wait.

Find the 'Add Content' button at the bottom of the left-side navigation menu.


Click on it, and the option to select the source will appear:


Select 'Publications & Blogs'.

A new screen will appear, inviting you to search for a feed to add.


You could try searching for the journal you want to follow. However, I haven't had much luck finding mine.

This brings us to Step 3.


Step 3: Find the RSS feeds you want to follow

If you go back to the journal website, you can find their feed address.

When on the website, click CTRL-F in most browsers to bring up the option to search within the text of the page.


Try it out for yourself:





Type 'RSS' and click Enter. This should take you to the link to the RSS feed.

Click that link, and you should be taken to a page that lists the available feeds. Or, the feed itself might open.

RSS feeds are code, and you don't need to understand how it reads. Just copy the feed address from the browser address bar, and then return to Feedly.

Paste the RSS feed address into the Sources page at Feedly. It should look like this:


Now, just click the green 'Follow' button and your feed should be stored in Feedly.

Repeat these steps for each journal you want to monitor.


Check in at Feedly now and then and see all the new content each time it is published!