RSS User's Guide

RSS Basics

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS feed to whomever signs up for it. The number of sites offering RSS feeds is growing rapidly and includes big names like BBC International, Yahoo News, The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, MSNBC, Google News, Wired, Computerworld and CNET News. RSS is a text-based format, a type of XML. The most common use for RSS files is for news and other reverse-chronologically ordered websites like blogs.

Why RSS?

Benefits and Reasons for using RSS: RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the websites you are interested in, as soon as itís published, without having to visit the websites individually to search for the content. You save time by not needing to visit each web site and you also ensure your privacy by not having to join each website's email newsletter.

How to Access this RSS Feed

  • Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2: These versions of the popular web browsers have built-in RSS reader capability. If you have either one, just click here, then you can read the feed, and subscribe to it (in Internet Explorer you click a "Subscribe to this feed" link, in Firefox you hit a button to add it to your "Live Bookmarks").
  • Non-browser RSS reader programs: Hundreds are available for all platforms and systems. Here is a list from the Open Directory. After installing a reader program on your computer, you would do a "Subscribe" operation and give as the feed URL

State RSS Feeds

Governor's Office

RSS feed icon News Releases
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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

RSS feed icon Recent FWP News
RSS feed icon Hunting News
RSS feed icon Fishing News
RSS feed icon Drought News
RSS feed icon Parks News
RSS feed icon Employment News

Montana State Library

RSS feed icon Montana State Library
RSS feed icon State Law Library of Montana

Travel Montana

RSS feed icon Recent News
RSS feed icon Fire & Drought Information