What is RSS?

RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content, sorted by date. By subscribing to an RSS feed, you can have the most current content delivered to you instead of going out and searching for it. Many websites, including EBSCO on INFOhio, have RSS feeds. You can create an RSS for specific journals, current events, articles on specific topics, just about anything.

Feed 101 - This page gives a nice explanation of RSS.

How Can RSS be Used by Teachers and Students?

You can utilize an RSS for your own professional development or as a source of informational texts for your students. Through EBSCO on INFOhio, you can subscribe to an RSS for a specific journal or you can create one for a specific topic using the database. RSS feeds can be embedded directly onto your LMS or website. Below you will find a few examples:

Here is an RSS for New Yorker magazine :
"New Yorker" on 2017-01-26 09:42 AM
(NOTE: If you are not at school, you may need to log in to INFOhio first before the links will work.)

Click on the desired issue. The link will go to EBSCO. There are two options for reading. Click on the title and scroll down, to see the plain text. A nice feature here is the listen button. Students can click on the play button and listen to an audio version of the article. The second option is to select the PDF version. This is nice for journals with a lot of images.

Here is an example of an RSS that I created for a specific topic:

illegal immigration in the united states Full Text; Published Date: 20150101-20171231 on 2017-02-02

By using the database, you can see that articles are pulled from multiple journals and news sources. You can make the topic as general or as specific as you want.

Where to Find RSS Feeds

The RSS feeds on this page are from INFOhio. However, many websites have RSS feeds. Examples would be the Cincinnati Enquirer or other news agencies. Usually, a site will have a symbol similar to the one below or it might just say RSS.
rss feed icon.png

Time Magazine
Washington Post

How to's:

If you are ready to create an RSS of you own, the directions below will help you get started.

  1. INFOhio.org
  2. All Infohio Resources (red box)
  3. Scroll down to EBSCOhost Multi-Database Search
  4. At the top, select "Databases A-Z"
  5. From here, find the databases you want to use.
    • If you are looking for specific journals:
      • Select "title list" under the appropriate database. Here are a few suggestions:
        • Primary Search - full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research.
        • Middle Search Plus - provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines.
        • MAS Ultra - School edition - Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for nearly 500 popular, high school magazines.
        • Professional Development Collection or Academic Search Premier - Designed for professional educators.
      • Once you find the journal you want, select the orange button. Then, continue with step 6.

    • If you want an RSS for a specific topic:
      • Check the boxes of any appropriate database. I would suggest choosing several. More suggestions:
        • Newspaper Source - cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers
        • Science Reference Center
        • You can also just check the "select all" box to search all databases
      • Select Continue
      • Type your topic in the search box, then enter
      • Refine your search in the left hand column. Be sure to select "full text"
      • When you are happy with the types of results you are getting, select "share", then "RSS Feed".
      • Continue to step 6.
  6. Select your general settings (choose "full text only" if given the option).
  7. Copy the URL found under "RSS feed"
  8. Select "Save Alert".
  9. Now you are ready to paste/embed the RSS URL into your LMS or website. Follow the directions for your individual platform.