Ithaca College-Department of Art History rss feeds 101

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Ithaca College-Department of Art History

RSS Feeds 101
RSS is a protocol that lets users subscribe to online content using an RSS “reader” or “aggregator,” which checks subscribed Web pages and automatically downloads new content. The aggregators display a list of subscriptions, with highlight or another indicator of RSS feeds that have added content since the user last logged in. Without having to go to all of the individual websites, users can quickly and easily access new material from the sites that interest them. For many, RSS has become the pipe through which content flows from providers to consumers. What makes RSS important is that users decide exactly what content is allowed through that pipe.
RSS answers the question of how to filter and organize information the vast amount of information on the Web. RSS allows users to create a list of preferred sources, in an application that automatically retrieves updates, saving considerable time and effort. While RSS may be useful to academics who keep up with news and other resources on the web, another significant utility is in delivering updated information about common searches from research databases, Google, and Flickr.
For more information about RSS feeds, view this video:

To Create A Google Reader (our preferred RSS Reader) Account:

  1. Go to

  2. Establish a Google account if you do not have one, or sign into Google Reader with your Google account if you do.

Additional popular RSS readers:

Views of the Google Reader Interface

Add a Subscription



Tricks Link!

Subscription List and Manage Subscriptions

News Feed

Starred Items Link

Individual News Feed, with tabbed menu options

How to add RSS Content to your Google Reader

  1. If a website allows RSS feeds, it will have a tab somewhere on the page, typically on the lower part that looks like this:

  2. Click on that tab. A new page should be generated that will include the words “rss” in the URL at the top. Copy the URLGo to your reader, click “add a subscription,” paste in the URL, then hit “add.” The new feed should appear in the feed list. . (NOTE: IF YOU DON’T SEE AN RSS ICON, YOU MAY STILL BE ABLE TO ADD THE FEED. JUST COPY THE URL OF THE SITE YOU WANT TO FEE, PASTE INTO YOUR READER THE SAME WAY, AND SEE IF IT WORKS!)

How to manage subscriptions in your Google Reader

  1. Click on the Manage Subscriptions Tab

  2. This will open to the Subscriptions page, including a list of all of your subscriptions.

  3. Here, you may delete subscriptions by clicking on the box next to the name, then on the “unsubscribe” tab at the top.

  4. You may rename a feed (sometimes sites provide awkward names for their feeds) by clicking on the “Rename” button next to the feed on the list.

  5. You may place your feeds into folder, by category, by clicking on the “Add to a folder” tab at the right.

Using RSS with WilsonWeb Art Full Text and Art Retrospective

  1. On the search results page, click the link called RSS Feed.

  2. In the popup window choose RSS Feed (select the desired radio button), frequency of updating the Feed and the duration.

  3. Click on the Create Alert button and on the resulting popup window, click on the RSS Feed URL to subscribe to this Feed using preferred feed reader.

Using RSS with CSA Illumina ARTbibliographies Modern, Avery Index, Bibliography of the History of Art, Design and Applied Arts Index

  1. Sign on to My Research.

  2. Launch CSA Illumina, select specific databases, and continue to search screen.

  3. Run search and click Alert Me.

  4. In new window, select Delivery Method RSS.

  5. In Manage Searches & Alerts, click on RSS Feed icon to subscribe to feed using preferred feed reader.

To receive news of articles published in a journal:

  • In Art Full Text, do a search for the title and limit to Journal Name, then subscribe to the RSS Feed as described above

  • In EBSCO (Academic Search Premier), open the record for the journal, click Alert/Save/Share, then select Create RSS Feed in popup window, click on the Feed link and select your reader.

  • In Project MUSE, from the journal page click on Subscribe to RSS Feed and choose your reader.

Adding RSS to your favorite Flickr tags:


  2. Go to “Explore” tab at the top of the page, then select “popular tags” under that menu.

  3. Enter the tag (a single word) that interests you, like “pantheon.” Note that you will sometimes yield interesting results typing two words together “saintpeters”

  4. Once the proper search result has been yielded, click on the “subscribe to stuff tagged with Pantheon” button at the bottom of the page using the “latest” link.

  5. Copy the URL of the “feed” page.

  6. Go to Google Reader. Click on the “Add a Subscription” button. Paste the URL into the box and click “add.”

Adding an RSS feed for your favorite Google searches

  1. Enter your search term

  2. Choose Deliver to

  3. Hit “Create Alert”

ArtStor News:

Provides frequent updates about ArtStor content, essential information for those who are using their over-growing collections.
CAA News:
Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog
Art Daily: The First Art Newspaper on the Net (Do check this one out!)
The Art Newspaper (Another must see)
Arts Journal: (see below-also great for blogs)
New York Times Art and Design section:

RSS FEES: Other Good Art/Pedagogy/Technology Stuff
Rhizome (contemporary art)
Delicious bookmarks from ArliSNAP:

A large collection of art and architecture-heavy bookmarks to sites, compiled by a group of new art and architecture librarians.
24 Hour Museum:

A great website that aggregates news, listings, and features from over 3000 museums, galleries, and cultural heritage sites in the United Kingdom.

ArtsJournal: Daily Art News-AJ Blogs

Diverse, well-written set of blogs on topics ranging from contemporary art, to the business of arts and culture, to rock music.

Filtered: The Academic Commons Magazine
A great website devoted to technology and pedagogy issues in the humanities! Far more user friendly than Educause (though Educause- also worth a look!)
Architecture Research
A fantastic blog on architecture research from Tulane University’s Southeastern Architectural Archive

Visual Resources Collection

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