Web feeds and RSS

Save time, minimize emails and stay on top of your research with RSS feeds. 


  • Many academic journals and websites offer RSS feeds as a convenience to their audiences.
  • You can use RSS feeds where they are available in lieu of registering for publisher or journal table of contents email alerts.
  • Check all your feeds at once and at your leisure instead of visiting mulitple websites on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly schedule.

Ask a Librarian - or contact your liaison librarian for assistance if you need help getting started.

Learn more from LIDC.

1. Obtain an RSS feed reader

Web-based RSS feed readers

  • Bloglines - register for an account and subscribe to RSS feeds in the "Feeds" tab.
  • Live Bookmarks - via Mozilla/Firefox 2.0 - If you use Mozilla/Firefox 2.0 you can add RSS feeds as "Live Bookmarks" or choose to add the feed to another feed reader service such as Bloglines, Google Reader or My Yahoo.
  • My Yahoo - Allows you to create a personal page for monitoring selected websites, blogs, etc. for updates.
  • Open Directory Project - List of Web-based feed readers. The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.

Desktop RSS feed readers


2. Add/subscribe to RSS feeds

Academic journals/publishers

Add the SFU Library Off Campus Access Bookmarklet to authenticate as an SFU Library user and access the full text immediately.

Websites and blogs

News services

"RSS - any of various XML file formats suitable for disseminating real-time information via the Internet on a subscription basis."

"RSS n."  The New Oxford American Dictionary, second edition. Ed. Erin McKean. Oxford University Press, 2005. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.  Simon Fraser University. 5 April 2007 <http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t183.e66889>