Keeping current in a fast changing technology environment could be a challenge. RSS is a good way to get up-to-date information from your favorite sources.
RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary).
RSS lets you stay up-to-date with websites that provide RSS feeds for their content. An RSS reader, or aggregator collects the info from the RSS feeds to which you subscribe, so you can browse the content without having to visit each website.
Look for the RSS symbol:
, "RSS Feeds" or similar phrases.
You can use RSS readers or aggregators to see these articles. Some examples:
It's imperative to recognize the difference between entertainment, journalism and scholarship.
|How Can You Tell the Difference Between Types of Sources?||
Trade / Professional
Scholarly / Academic
|Author||Most articles are signed, though not all, but little information beyond a name. Books may or may not have an author.||IT professionals, science writers, journalists. You may have to dig for credentials.||Primarily experts, often university or industry researchers, whose credentials are usually included.|
|Audience||General public. Written for the "average" person who doesn't need in-depth knowledge of a topic. (popular)||General public with an interest in more in-depth discussion of topic. (mostly popular - can be intended for "working professionals")||Academics: scholars, researchers, college and graduate students|
|Content||Entertainment, informative.||Some in-depth discussion and analysis with research on current popular topics in information technology.||Research, analysis, scholarship. Often includes abstract, research methods, conclusion, bibliography (look for a References list!)|
|Length||Shorter articles providing broad overviews of topics. (popular)||Short newsy items to longer, in-depth articles / chapters. May include "how-to" on a professional tool or task.||Longer articles providing in-depth analysis of topics. Will usually focus on the "big picture." (scholarly)|
|(Print) Appearance||Glossy, colorful, pictures, busy, advertisements. Unclear division between ad and editorial content.||Glossy, pictures, advertisements.||Text-heavy, black & white, graphs, charts, relevant images, few specialized advertisements.|
|Credibility||Articles are generally evaluated by staff editors rather than experts in the field. Sources are frequently uncited and anonymous.||Articles are reviewed by editors and sometimes by experts in the field. Check the "Overview" or Introduction section of books to see if an author identifies the title as for a professional audience.||Articles are submitted for peer-review and approval by professionals and scholars in the field. Frequently sent back for revision for evidence, currency, comprehensiveness. Books are collections of scholarship.|