What are RSS readers?
RSS, also known as Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication, is a web feed format that publishes frequently updated information from external websites such as blogs, news headlines, audio, and video. RSS feeds benefit users who want to receive timely updates from favorite websites or to aggregate data from many sites. These feeds subscribe researchers to updates from databases/websites and are generally denoted by "RSS" or an image like -
Databases may provide an RSS Feed URL for each search and publication. RSS Reader software sends out links to subscribed researchers whenever new material, that meets their criteria, is added to the database. In order to view the content that the RSS alert provides to you, you need somewhere to read it - like an RSS reader!
RSS readers may be downloadable applications or web-based services that work inside a browser.
Some examples are:
- Feedly - a free RSS application for various browsers and mobile devices (iOS and Android), also available as a cloud-based service.
- Feedreader - free software you can download and install on your computer.
- Inoreader - is a web-based content and RSS feed reader with sharing features.
- netvibes - web-based, free, easy to use.
- G2Reader - a free, web-based reader.
- Feedspot - free, easy to use, works in most browsers.