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RefWorks: RSS Feeds

What is an RSS Feed?

An RSS feed (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) is a file format that allows you to quickly access updated content from websites that offer RSS feeds. RSS is often used for news or blog feeds. 

This symbol indicates that a website offers an RSS feed(s):

RSS logo


Adding RSS Feeds in RefWorks

To use "RSS Feeds" in RefWorks, you must first locate an RSS feed that you're interested in saving.

Let's look at the CBC's website for RSS feeds. CBC offers a number of RSS Feeds, by topic. Let's pick "Top Stories". Click on the link next to the RSS icon.

 

We are taken to a new webpage that displays links and a brief description of CBC's latest top stories. What we need from this page is the URL address of the RSS feed. Highlight the URL with your mouse, and right click or use CTRL C or Command C to copy the URL.

 

Next, go to your RefWorks account and open up the "RSS Feeds" window:

 

Paste the URL in the box next to RSS Feed URL by right clicking in the box, or using CTRL V or Command V. Click the "Add RSS Feed" button.

 

A box will pop up confirming that the feed has been added successfully. It will also ask if you'd like to retrieve items from the feed right now. Click on "OK."


The most recent items in CBC's RSS feed will be displayed. Browse the headlines and put a green checkmark in the boxes next to the news stories you'd like to import into your RefWorks account. You can choose which folder to import the items to if you like. Click on "Import", then "OK" when prompted.


The selected items will then be added as references to your RefWorks account. You can immediately edit some fields of the reference by clicking on "Edit Imported References." If you do this, click on "Save Changes" when complete.




You can also immediately go to the "Last Imported" folder to see what the reference looks like in your RefWorks account.    

 

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Retrieving RSS Feeds Saved to Your RefWorks Account

Unlike real-time RSS Feeds that you can view in your Internet browser, the RSS Feeds saved to your RefWorks account do not automatically update when new content is posted to the RSS Feed by the provider. You must prompt RefWorks to check for updates.

To do this, go to the RSS page in your RefWorks account:

Screen shot demonstrating instructions
Your list of RSS Feeds will be displayed. Click on the title of the RSS Feed you'd like to retrieve.

Screen shot demonstrating instructions

 

The most recent items in the RSS Feed will be displayed. Browse the headlines and put a green checkmark in the boxes next to the news stories you'd like to import into your RefWorks account. You can choose which folder to import the items to if you like. Click on Import, then OK when prompted. The news stories will then be added to your RefWorks account as References. Refer to the above box for viewing your Last Imported RSS items.

Screen shot demonstrating instructions 

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