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Research Alerts and RSS Feeds: Overview of RSS Feeds and Alerts

RSS Feeds

Look for this icon on websites and databases for the location of an RSS feed.

Copy the RSS feed link (.rss or .xml format) into your favorite RSS reader (see below).

Examples of Free RSS Readers

RSS Feeds and E-Mail Alerts

There are several ways of automatically staying current on research and scholarly topics in your field of study. The most common ways of doing this are through e-mail alerts, RSS feeds, and saved searches.

You can set up e-mail alerts for journals or databases to notify you when new articles in your interest area are available. Likewise, saved searches will notify you when new articles are added related to a specific search.

RSS feeds ("Rich Site Summary" or "Really Simple Syndication") publish web information and are automatically updated. Although twitter is becoming more popular for staying current on popular culture and news, RSS feeds remain incredibly useful for staying current on scholarly research. 

An RSS reader is required to read RSS Feeds.


Journal TOCs

Journal TOCs allows you to set up RSS feeds for several journals across multiple publishers, all at once. It contains articles' metadata of tables of contents for over 26,842 journals directly collected from over 2604 publishers. For detailed instructions, click here.