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This guide describes and explains how to set up common "push technologies" such as RSS feeds, database and news alerts.

Educational Technology

Here is an example of a news feed from the New York Times Dealbook embedded in this site.  The feed url will constantly update the headlines here.

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This guide explains how you can stay current using "push technology" -- that is, by setting up feeds or alerts so that information comes to you, rather than you having to repeat searches for topics of interest. 

The two most common ways of doing this are:
  1. RSS ("Really Simple Syndication"): You set up a reader and subscribe to feeds. If this is a new concept that you want to explore, read this basic tutorial.

  2. Alerts: You set up search alerts or table of contents that will be sent to you by email. This does mean more email, but on the plus side you will receive information in a place that you already check regularly. You can set up folders and rules to keep your inbox under control.

Why should you use them?

RSS feeds and email alerts can help you find out about new literature in your field, such as:

  • New Results from saved searches
  • Table of contents from new issues of your favorite journal
  • New articles on your specific research topic
  • News from Google, New York Times, BBC, etc.

Google

Google offers a wide variety of free web-based tools and services.  You don't need to have a Gmail account to use them -- you can create an account using any active email address.

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