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Current Awareness

This guide will provide a variety of tools for staying current in different health sciences fields.

RSS Feeds

RSS, commonly known as Really Simple Syndication, is a popular method for sharing content without requiring readers to continually visit a web site to see what's new.

Based on XML, RSS breaks web sites into discrete chunks of information, such as a single news story or a single blog post.

Subscribe to online content using a RSS feed reader or aggregator, which checks subscribed web pages and automatically downloads new content. 

RSS feeds allow you to pull content from many different sources—a web page, blogs, databases, etc.—into one web page, allowing users to quickly and easily access the new material from sites that interest them.

7 Things You Should Know About RSS

Types of RSS Feeds

See the links to the left to learn more about different types of RSS feeds such as search RSS feeds, Recent Issue RSS feeds, Specialty RSS feeds, and e-Resources feed.

Selecting a Feed Reader

There are many options available when selecting an RSS reader.  Here is a select sample of popular readers:

Web-Based: No downloading or installation required. Access feeds from different computers. Most have smartphone apps!