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Current Awareness Tools: RSS Feeds and Readers

Mobile and library tools for keeping current with new research

Created by Health Science Librarians

About RSS Feeds and Readers

Why use RSS?

By using RSS you can stay on top of the news and information you need without using your e-mail system and without repeatedly checking multiple Web sites to see if they have been updated. 

What can RSS feeds do for you? 

  • Use an RSS feed to pull new content from a variety of websites and databases 
  • Read consolidated continuously updated content without going back to the original sources

How to use RSS feeds

  • Set up an RSS feed reader (see links to commonly used readers below)
  • Subscribe to a feed by looking for the RSS feed icon on a journal page, database, blog, or website and copying the URL provided into your feed reader
  • Most feed readers will search websites for feeds by website name even when this icon is not on the page
  • For some blogs you can just copy the URL of the blog and post that into the feed reader

Commonly Used RSS Readers

Web only reader

Mobile / Web readers: