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RSS Readers, Article Alerts, and New Ways to Keep Up: Troubleshooting

This guide details several different methods for keeping up with new literature in your field, be it through article alerts, RSS feeds, or a combination of the two in new article discovery systems.

How to Troubleshoot

Most of the time, RSS will work. Sometimes, it doesn't. This page provides some quick guidelines on troubleshooting your RSS reading experience. It will also provide a framework for you to find what you need to improve your reading experience even if you aren't having any explicit problems.

First, take advantage of advanced search operators in Google. If you type followed by "getting started" or "tutorial," you will find places in that domain that provide guidance on how to do what you need to do in Firefox, for example. Another trick is to use inurl:faq, which will only return pages that contain the characters "faq" in the URL itself. Click on one of the sample searches below to see how it works for yourself.

Second, YouTube is an excellent resource for videos about anything RSS. To troubleshoot or learn more about features in your program, typing the name of the software into the YouTube search box followed by the word "tutorial" (or what you need it to do) generally works. Here are a few examples:

Science Research Support Librarian

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Kayleigh Bohemier
During COVID-19, library services have moved to online-only.

Please email me or use the Schedule Appointment button. Appointments will happen using Zoom or other videoconferencing software. Zoom has a phone option for those who need to call in.


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