RSS Feeds were originally used to send news items which are short and occur frequently. Many journals and databases are now offering RSS Feeds as an alternative to sending email alerts.
Feeds are more flexible than emails but require "feed reader" software on your end. Some web browsers have a feed reader; for example, Internet Explorer handles feeds within "Favorites", and a feed can be embedded within a web page. For advice on choosing a feed reader, see the following or do a search for best feed readers.
The feed symbol looks like this:
- If you would like to add the feed into your browser, when you are viewing a webpage and the browser shows the feed icon, click on the icon to display the feed and then click on the "subscribe to this feed" link. The browser will then ask where you want the feed placed.
- To add a feed to your reader, you'll need to have the feed's URL. Instead of clicking on the "subscribe to this feed link", right-click on it instead; then choose "properties" - the feed's URL will be displayed in the pop-up window. Copy and paste this URL into your feed reader.