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Keeping up to date in your topic area: How to receive updates


Before you start, you will need to think about how you would like to receive updates in your topic area.

There are two main ways to do this: 

  • email 
  • RSS (Really Simple Syndication)


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You usually conduct a search on a catalogue or database and then save the search and input your email address.

You'll receive an email whenever a new item is added which matches your search terms.

You can set up rules so that emails from specific senders or with specific words in the title get sent straight to a specific folder. That way, your inbox won't get too crowded.

Aberystwyth University email and password

Remember that as an Aberystwyth University student, while you can use your AU e-mail address to register for such services, it is not recommended that you use your AU password.

Do not use or enter your AU password to any external sites.



RSS - Wikipedia

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.

An RSS feed is a file that contains a summary of updates from a website, often in the form of a list of articles with hyperlinks.  It offers an easy way to stay up to date on new content from websites so instead of having to actively go and visit the sites of your interest to find out if there are any updates, the RSS alerts you when a website has been updated without you having to do anything.

You can just view these in your browser on a case by case basis. However, they are most useful when subscribed to. You'll need to set up a feed reader to view updated feeds and get alerts about new content. â€‹See some suggestions in the next few tabs.

Subscribing to an RSS feed for any type of content is as simple as pasting the URL of the page you want to follow into your RSS reader, for example a blog, podcast, YouTube channel homepage, etc. If an RSS feed exists for that page, you can subscribe to it immediately. 

To find an RSS feed on a website, look on the site’s main or home page. Some sites display their RSS feed as an orange button that may contain the acronyms RSS or XML. An orange RSS icon  in the address bar of your browser indicates that an RSS feed is available for the site you're on. Many sites and databases will display this icon or otherwise indicate that RSS feeds are available for particular content.

If you don't see the RSS icon or link, you can examine the page source of the web page. 

  1. Open a web browser and go to a web page.

  2. Right-click on the web page and choose View page source

  3. Select Settings Find

  4. Type RSS and press Enter

  5. Right-click the RSS feed URL and select Copy link address and use this URL to subscribe to the RSS feed in an RSS reader.

More information: 

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All you need is a feed reader.  Some of most popular and simplest to use feed readers are often free.

Once you have a feed reader set up, all you need to do is find sites that have RSS feeds for subscription.

Getting started

  • Choose an RSS Feed Reader (examples in the next tabs)
  • To add feeds, copy and paste the URL associated with the orange button RSS into your feed reader

Take a look through the next few tabs for more information on possible feeders you may wish to use.


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Keep up with the topics and trends you care about, without the overwhelm. Feedly is a news aggregator application for various web browsers and mobile devices running iOS and Android. It is also available as a cloud-based service. It compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources for the user to customize and share with others.

Makes feeds look good and includes images. You can keep up with YouTube subscriptions, receive keyword alerts directly from Google and create collections to make lengthy information easier to get through. 


Top 5 RSS Feed Readers for Android, iOS and Web 2019

  • Pick favourites from millions of sources. Add content sources to get your very-own customized news feed. Through RSS integrations, Feeder can connect to almost any source on the web – blogs, news, weather, government databases, job boards, Twitter, newsletters and more. Just pick and mix.
  • Feeder has a Google Chrome and a Safari extension so you can subscribe and access feeds directly while you're browsing. It is also configured for mobile with an iOS app for Android or iPhone users.

The Old Reader

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If you're looking for a plain and simple, easy to use reader, this is the one for you. The Old Reader is an in-browser reader that allows you to keep up with the latest via RSS feeds. 


Feed Rinse (@feedrinse) | Twitter

Are you receiving too many posts? You might find that, as with Social Media, you spend most of your time deleting irrelevant posts. Luckily there are lots of filters out there which means you can limit the amount of data you receive and therefore need to read. 

FeedRinse is one such service. You limit what you see or block keywords, authors or tags. Upload your feeds, edit them and then return them to your reader. Feed Rinse is an easy to use tool that lets you automatically filter out syndicated content that you aren't interested in. It's like a spam filter for your RSS subscriptions. 

Please note that you will need to sign up to these services. We recommend that if you use your Aberystwyth University (AU) email address, you do not use your usual AU password but choose another one instead.