RSS feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest items and/or latest comments on items, as soon as they are published, without having to visit the website.
In general, the first thing you need is something called an RSS reader. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and enables you read any new items that have been added.
Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Gmail.
Once you have chosen an RSS reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive. Choosing the All Sections feed, is intended for receiving all new items added to ITEC Portal. If you wish to receive items from specific sections according to your interest, you can subscribe to their feeds individually. For example, if you would like the latest Research Methods section items simply click on Research Methods (located in the list at the right), copy its URL link and paste as a new feed in your RSS reader.
There is a range of different RSS readers available and new versions are appearing all the time, some of which are accessed using a browser (e.g. Google Reader
), and some of which are downloadable applications (e.g. Feed Reader
Different RSS readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will suit yours.
Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.