Viewing a news feed

If your site has a link to a news feed, you will find it in the site's menubar. To view news, simply click the title of the news feed from the menubar. The title will vary, depending on what the site owner has chosen for your site's news feed. You may see News in the menubar, or something more descriptive, e.g., New York Times, CNN, or Yahoo! News.

The News tool in a course or project site is an RSS "news aggregator" (or newsreader) that reads and displays continuously updated online content from RSS news feeds. RSS is an application of XML, a markup language for creating web documents.

In addition to news, some web sites use the RSS format for information that is updated often, such as blogs (web logs that serve as publicly accessible personal journals), events listings, or the revision history of a book. You can usually identify an RSS feed URL by the .xml or .rss in the URL (e.g., or

If you have the necessary permissions, you can customize your course or project site's News feature by adding a web address for any RSS news feed. You can find many feeds by searching Google for RSS feeds in your area of interest or for a particular online publication or news source.