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Help with RSS Feeds

What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. An RSS document can also be called a "feed", "web feed" or "channel." Subscribing to an RSS feed is an easy way to keep up with news and information that's important to you, and helps avoid browsing or searching for information on important or favorite websites. Now the content you want can be delivered directly to you without littering your inbox with email messages or checking countless websites for information.

What is an RSS Reader and where can I get one?

An RSS reader is a small software program (either web-based or desktop-based) that collects and displays RSS feeds. It allows you to scan headlines from a number of news sources in a central location. Commonly used free RSS readers are Google reader (online-based), RSSReader (desktop based) and email programs like Outlook (version 2007 and newer). Some browsers, such as the current versions of Firefox, Explorer, Chrome and Safari have built in RSS readers; and personalized websites (e.g., My Yahoo, My MSN, iGoogle, etc.) allow you to add RSS feeds that can be viewed on your customized "home page."

How do I use RSS Feeds?

The way an RSS feed is added to an RSS reader is slightly different from one reader to the next. Follow the directions below to add a new feed (a feed is also referred to as a channel) to your RSS reader:

  1. Choose an RSS reader.
  2. Click on the link or small RSS button near the feed you want. You will see a page displaying XML code.
  3. From your web browser's address bar, copy the URL (web address). For example, the URL you would copy to add our Announcements RSS feed is:
  4. Paste that URL into the "Add New Channel" section of the reader. The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.
  5. Read more information on using RSS feeds online for more technical documentation and help.

Subscribe to Arizona Geological Survey RSS Feeds

rssArizona Geological Survey Announcements
General Information from AZGS including announcements about new site features, events, press releases and more!

rssArizona Geological Survey Publications
Information from AZGS about new issues of Arizona Geology, publications and more!




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