This site uses a blog feature to promote library resources and services available to users of the OSU Japanese Collections. Blogs or weblogs are essentially web sites that feature frequently updated entries or posts marked by date similar to a diary format. One of the major strengths of blogs is the RSS feature, a popular means of online content distribution. RSS (Rich Site Summary) feeds allow readers to be notified within minutes when their favorite web sites are updated without ever visiting them. It is most useful and time-saving when you want to keep current with multiple blogs or news-related web sites. Unlike listservs, you can receive the latest headlines from your favorite sites while reducing potential exposure to virus and spam e-mails.

How to access RSS feeds

There are a number of ways to receive headlines or summaries via RSS feeds.

  1. You can receive RSS feeds from blogs by using a free online service such as Google Reader, Bloglines, My Yahoo! and others. They allow you to add RSS feeds directly to your personal pages.
  2. You can download and use a web browser like Mozilla Firefox or an e-mail client like Mozilla Firefox with a built-in RSS reader function.
  3. You can also download and install a stand-alone RSS reader or aggregator that displays RSS feeds from the web sites you select. A list of RSS readers can be found in many web sites, including CNET Reviews, PC World, Google Directory, and Librarians’ Index to the Internet.

To access RSS feeds from this site, you usually just need to go through the following steps:

  1. Right-click (or control-click in Macintosh) and hold this icon RSS feed on the top page to bring up the popup menu
  2. Select “Copy Link Location” or a similar option in the popup menu and copy the URL for the RSS feed ( for our Japanese blog)
  3. Switch to your RSS reader and choose a menu command like subscribe or add channel (and paste the URL for the RSS feed if it is not done automatically)

Below is a screen shot of Awasu (Personal Edition, 2.1), a popular Windows-based RSS reader. The sites that are providing the content are on the left, the headlines are on the upper right corner, and the bottom right pane (browser box) is now configured to display only RSS-feed headlines from each site. Clicking on any of the headlines will bring up the full content in the bottom right pane. Once this is done, you can navigate through the story as if reading it directly on the web itself.

RSS reader screen shot