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Presentations & Podcasts: Using RSS Personally and Professionally

Using RSS Personally and Professionally

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Date/Time: June 6. 2007
Title: Using RSS Personally and Professionally
Presenter: Patricia Anderson


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  1. Using RSS Personally & Professionally Patricia F. Anderson <> Taubman Health Sciences Library, UM © 2007 Regents of the University of June 6, 2007 Michigan. All rights reserved.
  2. What is RSS? Colloquially referred to as Really Simple Syndication. “RSS is … used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. An RSS document, which is called a \"feed,\" \"web feed,\" or \"channel,\" contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually.” RSS. Wikipedia: –
  3. Types of Information RSS Can Bring to You Web 2.0 Clinical Guidelines Grant Opportunities Blogs – Journal Table of Blog Search Results – Contents – News Headlines Flickr Groups – News Search Results Wikis – Organizational News & Youtube – Updates more … – PubMed Search Results Web Searches
  4. RSS Logos How to tell if there is an RSS feed available. Image from: rss-graphic-under-creative-commons-license
  5. RSS Feed Libraries RSS4Lib: RSS Compendium:
  6. RSS Feed Collections Consumer RSS Feeds on Shelf/Libraries/RSS_Library/Consumer .shtml Council on Federations: Getting Started with RSS: ?ItemNumber=1723&navItemNumber= 1969
  7. RSS Feed Collections: Health / Med / Dent AAFP: RSS Feeds: about/helpcenter/rss.html Health RSS Feeds on /RSS_Library/Health.shtml FDA’s RSS News Feeds: NIDCR RSS Feeds: NIH Library: RSS Feeds for Science and Medicine: cimed.htm RSS4Medics:
  8. RSS Feeds & Collections: Journals JAMA Current Issue: http://jama.ama- JAMA & Archives: RSS Feeds: Lancet: RSS: Nature Webfeeds: NEJM Online Feeds:
  9. Examples of RSS Feeds: Publishers: Oxford European Journal of Public Health
  10. Examples of RSS Feeds: NIH Grants
  11. Examples of RSS Feeds: MMWR
  12. Examples of RSS Feeds: Google Video Search
  13. Examples of RSS Feeds: Pubmed Search
  14. Feed Readers and Aggregators Free or Fee Applications Pro: Special features – Con: Not portable – Web-based Pro: Portability –
  15. Feed Readers and Aggregators Read more / Find more – C|Net: How To: Read RSS Feeds: 1.html – FaganFinder: All About RSS: – Gruber, Frank. The State of Online Feed Readers. TechCrunch. of-online-feed-readers/ – The Shifted Librarian Wiki: MLA RSS Class: s
  16. Feed Readers and Aggregators WWW/Feed_Readers/
  17. Feed Readers & Aggregators: Google Reader
  18. Feed Readers & Aggregators: Google Reader Sign in with the same account you would use for Google Mail.
  19. Feed Readers & Aggregators: Bloglines
  20. Only a Few Feeds? Try Pageflakes -
  21. Pageflakes Med/Dent Feeds Demo
  22. RSS Feed Reader: Demo 1 1. Find a feed you want. 2. Find the RSS or XML link for that page or content. 3. Copy the URL or link. 4. Go to your feed reader. 5. Click on the option to Add Feed. 6. Paste in the link. 7. Organize the new feed into your folders or subject structure.
  23. RSS Feed Reader: Demo, More Info Some pages offer buttons you can just click on to add a feed to your favorite aggregator. This allows you to skip steps 1-6! Image from: University of Toronto Bookstore: page_id=18
  24. RSS Feed Reader: Demo: Step 1 (Find or Create Feed) Google News Search
  25. RSS Feed Reader: Demo: Step 2 (Find RSS Link) Google News Search plus enlargement of RSS link.
  26. RSS Feed Reader: Demo: Step 3 (Copy Link) Screenshot showing what an RSS feed looks like in an HTML window, including the locator bar from which to copy the link.
  27. RSS Feed Reader: Demo: Step 4 (Go to Reader) Google Reader:
  28. RSS Feed Reader: Demo: Step 5 (Click on Add Feed) Click on Add subscription This expands to give you space to paste the URL.
  29. RSS Feed Reader: Demo: Step 6 (Paste Link) Paste the URL in the box, then click ADD.
  30. RSS Feed Reader: Demo: Step 7 (Sort Feed) The feed might look like this
  31. RSS Feed Reader: Demo: Step 7 (Sort Feed) Choose a topic folder or create a new folder. TIP: When you view a folder, you see the newest items for the topic all integrated together.
  32. RSS Feed Reader: Demo: Step 7 (Sort Feed) When a topic is selected you will see a checkmark appear by it. Notice you can have a single feed appear in more than one folder or collection.
  33. Other Neat Things to Do With RSS Environmental scanning and market research: Market Analysis Using RSS (José Nazario): – ketanalysisusingrss Add content to your web site: Web 2.0 for Personal and Professional – Productivity: RSS Feeds: 5/rss_feeds.html Read Gmail, get weather reports, daily cartoons, sports scores …
  34. Next Week: Med / Dent / Science Blogs Please note - RSS was really made for tracking many blogs quickly. RSS feed readers and aggregators remain one of the best tools for managing blogs that interest you.
  35. Using RSS Personally & Professionally Keep juggling! Patricia Anderson,
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Presentations & Podcasts: Staying Current with PubMed

Staying Current with PubMed

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Date/Time: April 17, 2007
Title: Staying Current with PubMed
Presenter: Patricia Anderson


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  1. Staying Current Using PubMed Merle Rosenzweig, A.M.L.S. © 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan, Taubman Health Sciences Library. All rights reserved.
  2. Are you drowning in a Sea of Publications trying to keep up with the new journal literature ?
  3. You know that you can search Medline in PubMed for journal articles  from the medical and life science research literature, but you can do much more .
  4. PubMed’s My NCBI can help
  5. My NCBI allows you to: Save your search and view any new publications Receive new citations automatically by email Save searches as RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds
  6. You can connect to the University of Michigan’s PubMed Link via:
  7. The Dentistry Library Page PubMed
  8. Taubman Medical Library Page
  9. PubMed@UM
  10. PubMed with UM SFX journal links
  11. The University Library Page
  12. Find Database>pubmed>GO
  13. Pubmed (UM SFX Links)
  14. The University of Michigan’s PubMed provides a unique URL \"Uniform Resource Locator ”.
  15. The UM Direct PubMed Link cgi?otool=umichlib
  16. What is MyNCBI ?
  17. My NCBI is a free tool that retains user information and preferences to provide customized services. It allows you to save searches, select filtering options, and set up automatic searches that are sent by email.
  18. To be able to use My NCBI, your Web browser must accept cookies. If your Web browser is set to block pop-ups, you will need to allow pop-ups from NCBI Web pages to use My NCBI.
  19. Registering with My NCBI
  20. The My NCBI box appears at the top right of the PubMed search screen. You must register to use My NCBI.
  21. Click on Register in the My NCBI box.
  22. Enter a user name (3 to 10 alpha-numeric characters) and a password (6 to 8 alpha- numeric characters).
  23. Choose a security question that allows your password to be reset, if necessary.
  24. Below the Security Question, you will see an image with 5 characters. Type the characters into the box provided; the characters are case sensitive.
  25. Enter an email address if you want to receive updates of search results periodically.
  26. When you provide an email address with your registration, you soon receive an email from NCBI requesting that you confirm your email address by clicking on the link that is provided. After confirming your email address, you can start setting up automatic emails for search alerts. Only one email address can be associated with each account.
  27. Outside Tool
  28. Outside Tool allows libraries to add a link from PubMed citations to a link for full-text available at their institution. These links are displayed as icons. When you click on the icon, you are directed to the available services for that citation that are available. These services might include access to electronic full text or information on local print holdings.
  29. MGetIt UM Outside Tool
  30. Turning on Outside Tool
  31. Click on Outside Tool in the My NCBI sidebar. Select an institution from the available list.
  32. Selecting an Institution
  33. Signing In and Out
  34. Click on Sign In, in the My NCBI box. Enter your user name and password.
  35. A checked Keep me signed in unless I sign out box saves your My NCBI preferences on your computer in a persistent cookie file. If you are using a public computer, do not check the Keep me signed in unless I sign out.
  36. You may sign out at any time, regardless of how you signed in (session-only or automatic sign in).
  37. Saving a Search in My NCBI
  38. Run a search in PubMed while signed in to My NCBI.
  39. Sign In, Search, Click Go Search Signed In Click Go
  40. Click on Save Search, located next to the search box . A new window opens up. Answer the questions. Save Search Click OK. OK
  41. Your saved searches can be accessed by clicking on My NCBI. The maximum number of searches is 100 per user name.
  42. My Saved Searches
  43. Checking for New Results
  44. For searches that you have not set up a schedule you will see No Schedule displayed in the Details column. Check What’s New for Selected
  45. A hyperlinked number is displayed indicating how many new items were found. Click on this hyperlink to view the
  46. This action will update the information in the Last Updated column.
  47. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) & PubMed
  48. What is an RSS Feed?
  49. RSS is a format for sharing and distributing Web content.
  50. It is written in the Internet coding language known as XML (eXtensible Markup Language).
  51. An RSS reader (or aggregator) notifies you when new information is added to selected web sites. There are many free RSS Readers available.
  52. Google Reader
  53. Google Reader Totally free and works in most modern browsers.
  54. Google Reader In addition to a (free) Google Account, Google Reader requires one of the following web browsers to work: * Internet Explorer 6+ * Firefox 1.0+ * Safari 1.3+ * Netscape 7.2+ * Mozilla 1.7+ *Opera 9.0+
  55. Google Reader JavaScript must be enabled for Google Reader to work.
  56. Setting Up A Google Reader Account
  57. Click on “Create an account now” if you do not already have a Google account.
  58. Complete the account setup.
  59. Setting Up RSS Feeds For PubMed
  60. Do your search in PubMed. Search Click Go
  61. Select RSS Feed from the Send to drop-down menu
  62. On the RSS Feed window: 1. Make your choice from the “Limit items if more than”. 2. Click “Create Feed”.
  63. Click the XML button.
  64. Copy the URL that appears at the top of your browser window.
  65. Adding your PubMed Feed to Google Reader
  66. Login to Google Reader.
  67. Click on the “+Add subscription”. Paste the URL from the PubMed XML window. Click the Add button.
  68. PubMed Feed
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