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Using RSS Feeds: Gale Databases

A starting point to learn more about using Google Reader to facilitate your research.

Receiving RSS Feed Alerts from Gale Databases

To help you with your research, you can use RSS feeds to alert you when your favorite journals provided from Gale databases are updated.  These RSS feeds can be added to your Google Reader subscriptions.


It is important to note that the RSS feeds for Gale databases will only display and work correctly when you are connected on campus.  Off-campus access is not supported for the RSS feed service.

In a separate internet window or tab, be sure you are signed in to your Google Reader account before proceeding.

Getting Started

You can easily search for journals from within a Gale databse.  Click on the Publication Search tab at the top to search for journals provided through that particular resource (in this example, we're using Academic OneFile):

You can search for journals based on the title and any other delimiters shown below.  If you're not sure of the exact title of the journal you are searching for, use the browsing feature (circled below in the picture) or ask any of the Reference Librarians for assistance:

Once you find the journal you are looking for, click on the title from the search screen.

Finding the RSS Feed URL

Once you've found the journal you wish to receive RSS feed alerts, click on the "Create Journal Alert" link on the right side of the screen.  The RSS feed icon (orange box with white stripes) will illuminate once you hover your mouse over it:

A pop-up box will appear with the RSS feed URL.  In the lower-left hand corner you'll notice an orange "XML" button.  Right-click on the button and copy the link (or link location):


Adding the RSS Feed to Google Reader

After you've copied the RSS feed link, open your Google Reader account and click the red Subscribe button.  In the URL box that pops up, paste the RSS feed URL you just copied from the pop-up box.  

Before clicking the Add button, you have to edit the URL to remove the proxy access.  Without this step, Google Reader will not be able to interpret the RSS feed:

1.  Look at the beginning of the URL.  It looks like this: & Development&sw=w&digest=0ce49d424eb6b21234c819242bf9e27d

2.  Notice the "0-" prefix and "" suffix.  You will need to remove these two parts from the URL without changing any other elements.  

Original URL: & Development&sw=w&digest=0ce49d424eb6b21234c819242bf9e27d 

New URL: & Development&sw=w&digest=0ce49d424eb6b21234c819242bf9e27d


Double-check the adjusted URL and then click the red Add button.  Google Reader should interpret the RSS feed and you will see the most recent additions to the journal.  Going forward, Google Reader will only be able to interpret the RSS feed from the Gale journal when you are connected on campus.

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