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You can subscribe to the Latitudes newsletter RSS news feed: Latitudes News Feed You can set up your e-mail program or browser to receive the feed, or use a separate feed reader program.

What is an RSS Feed or News Feed?

For a great introduction to RSS news feeds, view short (less than 4 minutes), clever Common Craft video called "RSS In Plain English".

RSS (Real Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) feeds, also called news feeds, provide a method for web content providers to offer news headlines with links to the full article. Think of an RSS feed or news feed as an online newspaper, in which news headlines and the links to the full article are delivered to your computer desktop on a periodic basis. News feed subscriptions are a wonderful way to keep up with topics that interest you.

You can also receive Table of Contents notifications from many journals through RSS feeds. See the University of Wisconsin Ebling Library RSS journal feeds page as an example.

You can access the new headlines through a news reader. Readers are built into some browsers and e-mail programs, or are also available through online services or external software programs (see below). All of these methods will allow you to consolidate all of your news sources into one place. In addition to news feeds offered by web content providers, most blogs offer their content as RSS feeds.

Using E-Mail

Receiving individual articles from the news feed directly in your e-mail program is a convenient way to read news feeds. The free e-mail program Thunderbird allows you to do this. View instructions here. If you use another e-mail program, you can have the RSS feeds forwarded to your e-mail through a service like RSSFWD.

Using Your Browser

You can also read news directly in a browser. Internet Explorer Version 7 has a built-in news reader. If you use Firefox, you can use the Live Bookmarks feature; for more information about how to set up Live Bookmarks, see the Firefox site.

Another option is to use Google's Personalized home page, iGoogle. You can add any RSS feed URL to your page. Then all of your feeds will be available in one place when you log into your personal page.

Using an Online Service

Online services are a popular way to access news feeds. They do not require you to download any software. Two of the most popular online services are:

Using Stand Alone Software

If you prefer to use a separate piece of software, take a look at this list of free and low-cost news readers for different platforms.

Adding the Latitudes Newsletter Feed to Your Reader

To add the Latitudes newsletter feed to your news reader, simply click on the orange XML icon above (this is a standard icon used throughout the Web to indicate a news feed). Copy the link into your favorite news reader and you will be able to receive updated Latitudes articles as they become available!

Contact Information

For help with setting up RSS feeds, please do not hesitate to contact Sharon Dennis at, 310-825-9170.