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RSS - "pronounced 'arr-ess-ess', is a family of XML file formats for web syndication used by news websites and weblogs..." (more)

Boulder Labs has its own Boulder Labs Library News Feed.RSS/XML Please let us know what you think of the RSS feed. Is it useful to you in your work? Does it save time? What other feeds are you subscribing to?

Why use RSS?

RSS feeds bring automatically updated information straight to your desktop. You can monitor news, blogs, job listings, personals, and classifieds.

"An RSS file is a simple structured list of headlines or article titles or events encoded so that it can be easily used by another program called a "news aggregator" or "news reader". These programs allow users to read headlines or events from dozens or hundreds of aggregated news sites at one time." Source:

How to use RSS

Step 1

Choose or Install a Feed Reader / Aggregator

Step 2

Search For Feeds / Blogs & Add To Your Reader

NOTE: Windows users may need to install Microsoft .NET Framework Redistributable 1.1 before installing news reader software


How to find & add feeds

The web sites you visit regularly may have an RSS feed. Look near the sidebar menus (usually on the left or right sides) and the footer. RSS feeds are often linked with an small icon like these: RSS XML RSS. There are also variations on the name: RSS, RSS2, XML, RDF, Atom (another standard).

Here is an example for the Boulder Labs Library News when you click on the RSS link XML/RSS:

  1. Copy the URL or web page location that appears in the browser's Address Bar (see image on right) (

  2. Paste or type the URL into the feed aggregator's 'Add New' section, which will translate RSS into readable headlines.

Copy and Paste the URL into the Feed Reader

If you have any questions, please contact our reference Staff (x3271 /

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