RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is an XML-based format that makes it possible to stay abreast of constantly changing information available from a wide variety of Web sites without actually having to visit any of them.
The and icons signal a link to web content has been formatted for use by an RSS reader. Using an RSS reader or aggregator, you can subscribe to RSS feeds from news-related sources, blogs, databases and other Web sites. Each time a site is updated, changes are sent instantly to your RSS reader.
From the Libraries' Web site, you can keep up-to-date of new items available in our collection by subscribing to RSS feeds of our Recent Acquisitions. The What's New announcements are also available as an RSS feed.
In addition, a growing number of databases allow you to save search alerts as RSS feeds (for more information, please see the Spring 2006 (PDF) issue of bibliofile on page 6).
RSS feeds on the Libraries' Web site follow RSS 2.0 Specification.
A number of RSS readers are freely available on the Web.
Some can be accessed via the Web, such as:
The RSS feeds on the Library Web site display buttons that add the feed to the Web-based readers listed above: , ,
Others can be downloaded, such as:
Finally, RefWorks, a Web-based bibliographic manager available to Concordia students, faculty members and staff, can also be used as an RSS reader.