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Getting Started with LibGuides (Library Staff Only): 3. RSS Feed

A guide for library staff when creating new libguides

About RSS Feed Boxes

An RSS Feed box dynamically and automatically displays the most recent information from a website that you designate.

Examples can include news sites, blogs, new books in Quest in your subject area, database search results, journal tables of contents, and more.

An orange RSS icon in the address bar of your browser indicates that an RSS feed is available for the site you're on. Many sites and databases will display this icon or otherwise indicate that RSS feeds are available for particular content.

Examples

Adding/Editing an RSS Feed

Adding a feed to an RSS Feed box:

  • Click on Add RSS Feed
  • Enter the URL for the RSS feed.
  • Enter the number of items you want to show.  (The default is 5.)
  • Click on Update

Editing a feed in an RSS Feed box:

  • Click on Edit RSS Feed
  • Edit the information you want to change.
  • Click on Save Changes.

Note: Descriptive text about an RSS Feed box can be entered at the top of the box.

How to Make a Feed of Your Delicious Tags

Feed for a single tag:

You can make an rss feed from your delicious bookmarks tags like this (replace the parts in bold all caps)

http://feeds.delicious.com/v2/rss/YOURDELICIOUSUSERNAME/TAG?count=99

for example:

http://feeds.delicious.com/v2/rss/akc47/cool_tools?count=99

 

Feed for a combination of tags:

To make a feed of a combination of tags add a + sign between each tag, like so

http://feeds.delicious.com/v2/rss/YOURDELICIOUSNAMEHERE/TAG+TAG?count=99

for example:

http://feeds.delicious.com/v2/rss/akc47/cool_tools+reference?count=99

 

The feed below is for items I've tagged "cool_tools"

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How to have a linkable image + journal TOC RSS feed

There are several ways to create a journal browsing box or page - Sean Stone demonstrates two in this guide. "Style 2" can be achieved by uploading and linking to a journal image cover and using the journal's table of contents (TOC) feed to display current articles.

The image above links to the publisher's page for this journal.

To use an image as a link:

1. find the image you want online.

2. right click and save as

3. if right clicking doesn't work do a screen grab (MAC: do clover+shift+F+4 then you can select a specific portion of the screen-screenshot will be saved to your desktop; PC: print screen and crop the image in paint OR use snip tool in windows 7)

3. Click the image button in the rich text editor (looks like a tree)

4. browse and upload your image

5. click on the image and click the link button in the editing menu

6. add the URL

7. Save

8. Follow instructions above on how to add an rss feed.

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