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Intro to RSS – Outline


  • RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. Many people describe it as a ‘news feed’ that you subscribe to.
  • RSS In Plain English
  • It’s like subscribing to a magazine that is delivered to you periodically but instead of it coming in your physical mail box each month when the magazine is published it is delivered to your ‘RSS Reader’ every time your favorite website updates.
  • Both of these feed readers work a little like email. As you subscribe to feeds you’ll see that unread entries from the sites you’re tracking will be marked as bold. As you click on them you’ll see the latest update and can read it right there in the feed reader. You are given the option to click through to the actual site or move onto the next unread item – marking the last one as ‘read’.
  • Tools
    • Create a new folder in Google Reader
      • Feed settings > New folder
    • Search Blogs


RSS In Plain English
Google Blog Search
Google Reader

Resources (Class files-pdfs)

Research and Organizational Tools


RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an easy, timely  way for people to keep up with what is going on at their favorite websites.  In the past, if you wanted to know if something new was posted on a site, you would have manually go to the site to see.  RSS is a way of sending those new little bits right to you.  You need to use some sort of program to collect all of this information so you can read it when you are interested.  In that way, it’s kind of like email because you open one program and all of the information is there no matter who sent it to you.

During this training we will cover what RSS is and discuss the many ways you can connect with the information these sites are sending out.  You can read it, reply to it, publicize it and other options.


Faculty, Staff, Students


Instructor Led-Hands on, Overview or both


20-30 minutes


  • Learn what RSS is and how to connect with sites that use it
  • Learn about different RSS readers
  • Learn how to search for more sites using RSS

Want to know more?  Contact  mediacenter at dickinson.edu to set up a consultation.  You can also get a sneak peek of what we cover in our training by looking over our Training Outline.

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