How can I be notified of new instructional materials or discussions that are in my field of interest?
OPOSSEM mainly accomplishes this using RSS. RSS is a broad application that is used to aggregate content from different web sites. (If you'd like more background information, we have an FAQ on RSS.)
To create your notification, first create a search that matches your interests. Maybe that involves a simple free text search on "market rate surveys" or maybe it's a more complex search of "subsidies" with the addition of a filter by state for "Illinois."
If you just want a general notification of anything new, you can click on the search box without entering any terms. This lists all of our resources.
Once you're constructed your search, look in the righthand column of the search results page for a section titled "Subscribe via RSS." At this point you have a few options: basic RSS, Google Reader, or Yahoo Alerts.
If you want to receive email notification, use Yahoo! Alerts (for studies). If you'd rather receive notification through traditional RSS, you can use any of the first three options listed below.
- Basic RSS
Basic RSS is like bookmarking a typical Web page. You won't recieve an email telling you that new resources have been added, but every time you visit that bookmark, you'll see a list of only those resources that have been added since you were last here.
- Google Reader
If you wish to use Google's RSS utilities, you'll need to have a Google account and you will be presented with two choices: add to Google homepage or add to Google Reader. The Google homepage is a portal page that might include news headlines, weather, links to Gmail, and other Google-related services.
The Google Reader is strictly focused on RSS feeds, and is all about compiling raw information from a variety of sources. It provides a column on the left listing your information sources, and lists the headlines on the right.
- Yahoo! Alerts
Yahoo! Alerts enables you to receive notification via email, Yahoo! Messenger, or directly to your mobile device. You can received alerts as they happen, or once a day at most. You will need a Yahoo account to take advantage of this service. Please note this is only available for studies.