RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary. A n RSS “feed”, contains a summary of content or headlines from a website – title, description and link.
To use an RSS feed, you must have an RSS reader. Most RSS readers are available to download free on the Web and can be desktop readers or web-based options. Examples include:
Advantages of RSS feeds include:
Other methods of keeping up-to-date include:
Preprint Servers – E.g. arXiv.org for Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/education
Podcasts – Search for academic podcasts in iTunes and listen via your PC or on mobile apps for various devices including Android smartphones
There are many appropriate resources that you can use to find relevant information to allow you to conduct your research and publish its outcomes. The Library website (www.ul.ie/library) contains links to important databases including Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar. The UL Institutional Repository (ULIR) contains the University’s research publications and other research outputs.
The Library Search allows you to search for physical items in the Library but also searches most of the library's electronic resources as well as publications in the ULIR.
Keeping up-to-date and current with research in your field can be very challenging. It is useful to set up accounts for any database you use regularly such as Web of Science and Scopus. This allows you to save searches and articles and keep track of your literature searching. You can also set up email alerts or RSS feeds for searches to keep you up to date with any new articles that match the search criteria. Table of content (TOC) alerts for journals can also be set up in email and RSS formats (see www.journaltocs.ac.uk to set up TOC alerts).
Other ways to stay current is to follow people in your research field via their blogs, Twitter or by joining or creating groups on academic social networking sites such as Mendeley, ResearchGate, Academia.edu and the Social Science Research Network.
To find other blogs of interest try http://researchblogging.com/. In addition to blogs from individuals, there are also blogs from respected journals and academic institutions such as: