Accessing a specific publication through St. John’s University Libraries’ databases can be somewhat cumbersome, often requiring you to run a search in the database that carries the periodical you want.

However, many databases now allow you to use RSS (Real Simple Syndication) to display articles from your favorite publications on your own personal Web page. This not only gives you free and convenient access to your favorite journals, but also allows you to save trees in the process!

For example, if you wanted to create an RSS feed to display the most recent articles in the Wall Street Journal, you would start by running a search in ProQuest Direct, which carries WSJ in full text. To do so, click on “Advanced” search near the top left of the ProQuest Direct home page, and in the top search box (there will be three), enter

wall street journal

To the right of the search box, choose “Publication Title.” Then hit enter. This will retrieve articles from WSJ, most recent first.

To set up an RSS feed of these articles, click on “Create RSS Feed” at the top of the results page, then copy the link from the page that pops up.

You will then need to set up an RSS feed reader on which to display the results. An easy one to use is iGoogle. (http://www.google.com/ig) You can access iGoogle through your existing Google account, or easily create one.

Once you have logged in to iGoogle, click on “Add Stuff>>” (near the mid right-hand side of the page) then click on “Add feed or Gadget,” which you will find near the bottom left of the page. Paste the URL from the ProQuest direct RSS feed, as directed. From then on, you will see a link to “ProQuest Direct Search Results” on your iGoogle page. When you click on it, it will ask you for your St. John’s user name and password, then give you a list of the most recent articles from the WSJ, or whichever periodical you set up.

EBSCOhost and CSA databases also allow you to set up RSS feeds, as do many other databases. To find out how to use RSS in your favorite database, click on its “Help” feature and search for “rss.”

One other thing – if you are not sure which database carries your favorite publication in electronic form, click on “Full-text eJournals” on the SJ Libraries home page (http://yz3rj4vl2y.search.serialssolutions.com/) and simply enter its title. This will tell you which databases carry the publication, and indicate dates of coverage.

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