ProQuest RSS: Tap Into Search Feeds

By - Library Web Services / Archives Assistant September 26th, 2008

Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant

Our third RSS feed related post this week is about using your feed reader to keep track of search results from the ProQuest database.  It is very simple to set up a RSS feed for your searches and then receive automatic updates whenever new items are added to the search results.  Here’s how it is done:

Once you have narrowed down your search in ProQuest, scroll to the bottom of the search list and locate the little RSS icon (see the image below).

Click on the “Create RSS Feed” link and a window will pop up with your customized feed address.  Click on the feed address located in the yellow box in the new window (shown below).

This will open up a browser window that takes you to the feed address.   You can now either select your feed reader from the drop-down list at the top of the page (I am using Bloglines – see picture below), or copy and paste the feed address from your browser’s navigation bar into your feed reader and follow the steps to subscribe.

Now that you have subscribed to your search feed in ProQuest, you can keep track of updates to your custom search without having to go back to the ProQuest website.  It will save you time and ensure that you have the most current periodical resources for your research topic.

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