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RSS Feeds for Research: RSS and Scholarly Research

This guide provides an introduction to the use of RSS feeds for scholarly research as well as steps on creating RSS feeds in popular library databases.

10 Reasons to Use RSS for Scholarly Research

  1. It saves you time.
  2. It keeps you informed.
  3. It's free.
  4. It's easy to set-up and easy to use.
  5. Having all of your research brought to you is pretty handy.
  6. It's completely customizable to your research needs.
  7. It pushes your published work to others who have feeds that meet their research criteria.
  8. You don't have to deal with annoying spam or advertising.
  9. It's pure data without the fluff.
  10. It saves you time.

Why Use RSS in Research?

You can use RSS for research much the same way you would for websites. Several research databases provide ways to create alerts, or RSS feeds, for specific searches.

For example, if you are doing research on human rights in China, you can set up a alert so that every time an article is added to that database that meets your search criteria, you are notified.This saves you from having to continously redo your search to locate the most recent additions.

Creating an RSS Feed in 30 Seconds

Watch this brief, 30 second video that shows how easy it is to create an RSS feed in an EBSCO database.

RSS and EBSCO Databases Video


RSS and Education Articles

Links to articles and resources discussing the use of RSS in education.

Feed for All: Academia Adds RSS Feeds to Their Teaching Tool Kit

HigherEd BlogCon: Using RSS to Increase User Awareness of e-resources in Academic Libraries

Flair & Square: The Power of Using RSS Feeds in Education

Will Richardson, RSS: A Quick Start Guide for Educators