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Database searches and RSS feeds

I’ve known for a while that I could set up email alerts for those database searches I do on a regular basis, but I just discovered that EBSCO will also let me set up an RSS feed.  You find that lovely, little orange box, right on the top of the results page. Yippee! 

This discovery is not just for me. 

Next semester, when I have our seniors set up feeds for blogs relevant to their culminating research, I will also have them play with getting their database searches just right.  Then we’ll push that emerging search content by pasting those RSS feeds into their research blogs and on their iGoogle pages through Google Reader.

This discovery will also serve our faculty for their regular searches on such topics as differentiated instruction, block scheduling, assessment, writing strategies, etc.

Note: If I’ve missed other databases that provide RSS feeds, let me know!  I’d love to share the news.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Krissy Neddo says:

    It is fantastic! Great tip to share! I set up the full text of Library Media Connection to go to Google Reader, but didn’t think of the search function. Kinda reminds me of ebay saved searches that are emailed. I love being able to store my reading in a place where I won’t forget about it. Just wish I could curl up on the couch with a laptop than sit in this cheap chair at my desk. Or even better get it in podcast to listen to on the way to work. 🙂

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