Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is an XML-based format for content distribution. Encyclopedia Virginia offers RSS feeds of its entries organized by categories for use in news readers. These feeds include entry titles, summaries and links back to Encyclopedia Virginia for the full entry. RSS feeds are free and Encyclopedia Virginia currently uses RSS 2.0.
To start using RSS, you need a special news reader that displays RSS content feeds. There are many different news readers available, many of which are free of charge. Most are available as desktop software that you download and install on your computer. Several Web-based news readers are available as well.