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What does RSS mean?

Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary) is a convenient way to be automatically notified of updated content on a favorite website.

Terms of Use

These RSS feeds are freely available for public use. If you display H-Diplo and H-Net content on your website we request a link back to us with a text link or logo (included in the feed).

Please do not profit from or resell information supplied by the feed. We reserve the right to request that a site remove a feed if we believe it is being used inappropriately.

H-Diplo and H-Net offers the following RSS feeds:

»List Discussions RSS (H-Net)-
http://h-net.msu.edu/rss/H-Diplo.rss RSS feed icon

»New Book Reviews RSS (H-Net)-
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RSS Tutorial

  • What are RSS feeds?- RSS feeds provide automatically updated notification of when selected new content is published. So, for example, the H-Diplo Book Reviews RSS feed is updated everytime a new H-Diplo book review is published on the web, while the H-Diplo list RSS feed updates everytime a new post appears on the H-Diplo discussion list. The RSS feeds contain the title of the new post/review/other content, a Web link to read the full content, and, in some cases, a brief summary.
  • How do I use RSS? - To use RSS feeds, you will need an RSS reader, either a standalone program (such as Bloglines or Google Reader), a browser add-on (such as Sage), or the built-in capabilities of some Web browsers and e-mail clients. Both Mozilla Firefox 2 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 have convenient integrated RSS reading features, and detailed instructions follow below on how to set up H-Diplo RSS feeds in these programs. Firefox's RSS feeds update automatically when you run the program, while you can schedule the RSS feeds in Internet Explorer 7 to update on a regular schedule (the default is once a day, but you can check as often as every 15 minutes).
  • What are the advantages of RSS? - RSS feeds avoid e-mail spam filters and can be checked conveniently while browsing the Web, all in the same program. For example, if you use the "Latest Headlines" link in Firefox 2, then you are already using an RSS feed, perhaps without even knowing it. Also, as many websites are adopting RSS feeds, you can conveniently check multiple favorite sites at the same time, if you use a standalone RSS reader or online RSS aggregator program (such as Bloglines or Google Reader). Finally, with RSS you can go quickly and directly to an individual post of interest, instead of receiving every posting made to the list as is the case with e-mail list subscriptions. So, if you accidentally delete an interesting post you can probably find it quickly using the RSS feed (or by searching the list archives for older postings).
  • Mozilla Firefox 2 instructions- Click the RSS feed link of your choice and follow the prompts. Adding the new RSS feed/Live Bookmark to the Bookmark Toolbars folder (the default location) conveniently adds the feed to the top of you browser.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7- Click the RSS feed link of your choice and follow the prompts. To view your feeds in the future, click the Favorites Center button (Star button on the far left), and then click Feeds.


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