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News Feeds

News feeds are shown on many sites as "RSS." RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" or "Rich Site Summary". It's an easy way to bring the news that you're interested in to your desktop. While listserves and e-mail notices can help to keep you up-to-date, they can also overwhelm you. Remembering to keep tabs on your favorite website for the latest news can also be a hassle.

RSS provides a new way for you to keep current. Websites use RSS to deliver articles, news, and technology tidbits directly to you. Our Library uses a RSS feed to keep you up-to-date with the lastest library happenings, such as new databases, events, or policy changes.

Technically, RSS is a format for syndicating news and sites in Extensible Markup Language (XML). XML is really not meant to be read by people, but rather parsed by programs known as "feed readers" or "aggregators" and put into a readable format. These readers regularly scan the sites you are interested in to bring you the latest news.

There are literally thousands of feeds on all types of topics from educational news to technology trends to sports.

Last updated June 29, 2006 by Laura Pope Robbins