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Guide to Search, Journal TOC and RSS Services

What is RSS

RSS is an XML-based format for sharing and distributing web content. An RSS reader enables you to view information from multiple web sites in a single interface. When you "subscribe" to an RSS feed, your reader checks a specified web site on a regular basis showing you any new content.


Finding RSS Journal feeds

Look for an orange icon RSS icon rss iconor for buttons labeled XML or RSS.

1. Search the UML e-journal portal - This will link you to the UML database that indexes the journal.

2. Search JournalTOC (tables of contents)- This site enables multiple journal TOCs to be uploaded to an RSS reader as a group.

3. Search Google for the journal - Most journal websites let you set up an RSS TOC or topic search.

4. Go to publisher sites. In addition to journal TOCs, some publishers let you set up a topic search across all their journals.

RSS readers

A number of web-based RSS readers are available as desktop software programs that reside on your computer.

In Microsoft Outlook  there is an folder in which to place your feed.
web-based examples: AOL Reader, Feedly, My Yahoo

desktop examples: AwasuSharpReaderFeedDemon, NetNewsWire (Mac)

For other examples:  CNET Reviews: RSS Readers

Google Chrome Extension is a simple way to add an RSS reader to your computer.


In addition to the web-based and desktop based readers, some web browsers have incorporated RSS as a plugin. For instance, the Firefox browser allows you to incorporate RSS feeds right into live bookmarks. So rather than having to open your RSS reader, you can view your RSS feeds right from your bookmarks.
If a web page does not offer an RSS feed itself, you can use Page2RSS to set one up for you.