Would you like to stay up to date with new posts on the Scholarly Tales blog right from Outlook?
RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is “a web feed that allows users and applications to access updates to websites in a standardized, computer-readable format” (Wikipedia). Blogs and many other online resources, including academic journals and databases, often offer RSS feeds of their new content. By subscribing to RSS feeds, you can get updates from many sources delivered in one location.
Where can you find a website’s RSS feed? Search for a link called “feed”, “RSS”, or “RSS feed”, or look for a symbol that looks like a dot with curved lines extending from it:
What tools are best for subscribing to RSS feeds? There is a host of dedicated RSS reader apps that make finding, subscribing to, and reading RSS feeds more enjoyable. Some research software you may already use, like Zotero, can also pull in content via RSS feeds. However, if you want to keep things very simple, you can also subscribe to RSS feeds right from your email client. If you’re at KU Leuven, you probably use Outlook in some form or another. Here’s how to get Scholarly Tales posts in Outlook:
- In the right sidebar of the blog, under ‘Follow The Scholarly Tales’, click on ‘RSS feed for all posts‘. Then copy the web address of this feed page from the address bar.
In Outlook, in the Mail Navigation Pane, right-click RSS Feeds (Outlook 2013) or RSS Subscriptions (Outlook 2016), and then click Add a New RSS Feed.
- In the dialog box that appears, paste the address you copied earlier into the box, click Add, and click Yes. (Based on instructions from Microsoft Support)