Alerting and Current Awareness Services

Services that keep you up-to-date with news, articles, journals, books and websites in your field of research

RSS feeds

What is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a way to receive updates for various websites. You can subscribe to a RSS feed and have the updates delivered via an RSS feed reader.

The following icons indicate that an RSS feed is available in databases, journals, news sites and webpages:

RSS Icon  RSS Icon  RSS Icon

Feed reader software allows you to gather your RSS feeds together to read later. RSS feed readers are available for different platforms. Feed data may be opened on PCs, MACs, and using apps on mobile devices.


How to use Outlook as your feed reader:

  1. Right click on the RSS icon on the website.
  2. Select the copy link / shortcut option available in your browser.
  3. Right click on the RSS Subscriptions folder in Outlook. You'll find it below the Outbox and Quarantine folders.
  4. Select Add a New RSS Feed ... from the menu. Paste the URL into the box that pops up.
  5. Click Add, then click Yes to add the URL to the RSS Subscription folder.


Podcasts may also be a supplementary way to keep up to date. Details of new podcasts can be sent via RSS feed, iTunes, a podcast app, or an app for the specific organisation.

Locating academic podcasts:


Making your own academic podcasts: