Learn about RSS Feeds and Aggregators:
Use any or all of the following resources to learn about RSS feeds and aggregators:
- Video: “RSS in Plain English“
- Video: “RSS Explained“
- Video: “How To Use RSS Feeds“
- Website: “What Is RSS? RSS Explained“
- Website: “What is RSS: A tutorial introduction to RSS feeds and aggregators“
- Website: “What is RSS?“
Create a Protopage Account:
Register for an account with Protopage. Please make sure that the name of your Protopage includes your first and/or last name, so I can identify it as yours. When you register, under Page Sharing, please select Public.
Once you’ve registered with Protopage and activated your account, add a tab with the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122). On this tab, add widgets with the RSS feeds from your blog and your Delicious account. For help adding the widgets, go to the page in Protopage’s help section titled “Adding widgets to your page” and do A and B for both.
As you find blogs or news sources related to your research topic, add their RSS feeds to this tab.
Feel free to look at my Protopage and to customize your page however you desire–or not.
Post in Your Blog:
Post three times in your blog (research journal), using the numbers, letters, and phrases in bold as the titles of your respective posts:
RJA #6a: Periodical Articles–Using databases from your college or public library or the web, search for periodical articles on your research topic. Keep electronic copies of the articles you want to read. Some databases, like EBSCO, allow you to e-mail copies of the articles to yourself. Of course, you may also print them out to read. Also browse the periodical section of the college and local public libraries. If you can’t check out the issues of the periodical, you will probably want to photocopy any useful articles you find.
Record the following information for each periodical article you find that you want to use:
- Name(s) of author(s)
- Title of article
- Title of periodical
- Volume and issue number (if available)
- Pages on which article appears
If you identify any electronic articles that would be useful, you also need to record the database or website where you accessed it, the library from which database was accessed (if applicable), the date you accessed it, and the web address for the subscription database or the article itself.
In addition, record the following information in your research journal for each search you conduct:
- Resource searched
- Keywords used
- Search strategies used (including operators and types of searches)
- Date of search
- Number of hits
- Relevance of hits (on a scale of 1 to 5)
RJA #6b: Search Strings–Based on the comments you received last week and the instructions and reminders here, revise the search strings you wrote for Research Journal Assignment #4 and post your revisions in your research journal.
RJA #6c: Protopage–Create a link to your Protopage.
Use the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122) and other appropriate tags (”Labels” on Blogger) for each of the three posts.