7. How can I be informed of new publications in my field using RSS and Atom feeds?

Advanced techniques on the internet make it possible that you do not have to search all kinds of websites for recent changes. RSS and Atom news feeds are computer-readable files that summarize new content as it appears on a website (RSS and Atom are just two different formats that do basically the same thing). Each feed includes a heading, a brief description of the new content and a link through to the website.

News feeds are a very convenient way of keeping up-to-date with a large number of websites. RSS and Atom feeds from publishers will generally alert you to new journal issues and articles as soon as they are published online.

In order to enable these feeds to work you need to install a newsreader on your computer. You will find a list of readers at Syndication resources. Some are free and some require payment, some support RSS only but many support both RSS and Atom. Please note: the library is not responsible for software installation.

Some free applications are:

RSSReader (Windows)
Feedreader (Windows)
NetNews Wire (Mac)
AmphetaDesk (Linux, Mac, Windows)

And if you want to use Mozilla Firefox or Thunderbird, check this page.

Once you have chosen a news reader and installed it, all you have to do is to decide what content you want to receive in your news reader, by finding and subscribing to the relevant RSS or Atom feeds. Usually you open the "File" menu to do so.


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