Sunday, November 20, 2005

What RSS Feeds Can Do For You, part 2

Perhaps the most obvious thing that RSS feeds can do for you is help you monitor news sites and blogs. These sites are frequently updated, and visiting each individual site can take a lot of your time. When sites are very frequently updated, older information is pushed off the front page, sometimes more than once per day. You would have to visit some sites more than once a day or miss some entries.

Using a feed reader to monitor the feeds of news sites and blogs can save you time in two ways. First, a feed is only updated when its website is updated, and an updated feed only contains the new information. Second, you only have to look in one place to see all the updates. All feeds to which you have subscribed can be aggregated and displayed in your feed reader. For more information on subscribing to RSS feeds with a feed reader, see Subscribing to RSS Feeds. is an example of a legal news site that has a RSS feed. Jurist, a legal news and research service based at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, tracks law-related news and primary source materials and makes them available on its Paper Chase website and through its RSS feed. Several sections of the ABA, including Environment, Energy and Resources; Law Practice Management; Litigation; and the Legal Technology Resource Center, also have feeds for their news. For more examples, see the Virtual Chase's extensive list of RSS News Feeds for Law.

Law-related blogs, or blawgs, are also important current awareness sites. You may have heard of the SCOTUSblog, which focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court and has a RSS feed. There are a number of legal blogs with feeds at Law Professors Blogs. For more tips on finding law-related blogs, see Finding Blawgs on Any Legal Topic.

Start subscribing to some news and blog feeds in a feed reader, and we will be back later this week with more ways that RSS feeds can help you.

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