Monday, February 18, 2008

What is an RSS Feed and How Can You Add This Blog To It?

An RSS feed is one way to keep track of frequently updated web material, such as a blog or online newspaper. The nice thing about an RSS feed is that it allows you to keep track of many web pages in one location. For more in depth information as to what an RSS feed is, click here.

To view an RSS feed you must first choose an RSS reader or aggregator. For more information on these services, click here. If you are unfamiliar with RSS feeds and don’t already have one a web based service is probably your best bet. Both Yahoo! And Google provide such services. Below are links to add this blog to other services if you already have an account with the company.

Using Google as an example, the following steps will allow you to create your own customized feed with this blog as a subscription. Many services operate in much the same manner:

1. Create an account with Google (or which ever service you choose to read your RSS feeds in).

On the Google home page, there is a link in the upper right hand corner reading "Sign In". Click on it. If you already have an account simply type in your user name and password. If you don't have an account, then there is a link allowing you to create one. In Google all that is required is an e-mail address and password.

2. Subscribe to this blog.

There are two ways to do this. The first is by clicking the icon below associated with Google. This is the easiest way. If you are already logged into Google it will automatically add this blog to your subscription list. Otherwise you will simply have to log in to add it.

You can also go directly to Google Reader and manually add this blog to your subscription. To do this, go to the Google home page. Then in the list of links in the top left hand corner of the page, click on "more." This will give you a drop-down menu of options, one of which is "Reader." click on this. In Reader there should be a link reading "add a subscription." When you click on this it will open a small window with a box for you to paste the URL for this, or any other, website in. At that point, either Google Reader will automatically add this blog, or give you a list of websites for you to choose from to add to your subscriptions. Simply pick the correct one and it will be added.

3. Log in to view your RSS feeds.

Once you have added a subscription all you have to do is log in to Google, or which ever reader you chose, to view it and any other subscriptions you've picked. In Google, you simply open Reader again and click on the links for the web pages you've subscribed to. Depending on the website, the reader may provide only a small portion of each entry or it may provide the full text.

The following is a list of icons associated with different reader or aggregator services. You do not have to use Google Reader to view this blog. If you already have an account with another service, or choose to use another service, simply click on the icon for that service below. If you don't have an account, most will take you to a page to create an account.

Add to AOL
Add to Bloglines
Add to Google
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Add to Newsburst
Add to Newsgator
Add to Pluck
Add to Rojo
Add to Technorati
Add to Yahoo

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentine's Day Extravaganza!

On February 14, 2008 the librarians at the Fred Parks Law Library will be giving a presentation on the wide array of brand new electronic resources available through the library as well as changes to the Library channels in Stanley. The event will take place in the Emilie Slohm room on the 6th floor of the library and there will be lots of Valentine's Day treats and valuable information for all attendees. There will be a series of 6 30 minute presentations at the following times:

10:00 am
11:00 am
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
3:00 pm

All attendees at one of the 6 presentations will be eligible for a door prize given at the end of each presentation (must be present to win).