Tips for Using the UMW New Media Center Site
When a website has a wealth of content and continues to grow, it can be difficult to get a handle on what content exists and how to find things. The UMW NMC site has a few ways to look for content. First is the search field. Simply type in your search term(s) and you’ll be presented with a list of articles that have your search term(s) in them. You may, however, want to browse the site to get a feel for what’s here. There are three ways to do that.
Site Map – The site map is a series of pages that has all of the articles and pages of the site broken down by categories. Some articles may be in more than one section because they fit into more than one category.
Topics (Select Category) – Just below the search box is the Topics area where you can pick a category from the drop-down menu. Each category has the number of articles in parentheses. Select a category and a list of articles in that category will be displayed.
Tag Cloud – In the sidebar and on a separate Tags page is the list of keywords associated with articles on the website. Tags are used to give finer details as to the content of a given article. Categories are much broader and more general. A tag cloud is also useful in showing a visual representation of what tags appear more often. The larger the word is in a tag cloud, the more articles there are that have that tag associated with it.
Since articles are being added to the UMW New Media Site all the time, you may want to be informed when new articles appear. Well, we highly recommend you use RSS. We have an article on RSS that will introduce you to what this technology is all about. RSS lets you subscribe to a feed of new articles. We recommend you use a website called Google Reader. Google has an article and a video that will show you how to get started using the reader program.
The RSS feed for the UMW New Media Center is:
If you wanted a feed for a particular category, it would look something like this:
If you wanted a feed for a particular tag, it would look like this:
Note that to see all of the articles with a category of Firefox, you would find that page here:
http://umwdtlt.org/newmedia/category/youtube/ . To get its feed, just add the word feed to the end of the URL (web address) as we did above.
So another example would be the category Audio & Video. You would fine the list of articles here:
You would get its feed here:
The structure for feeds of tags is very similar. For example, the page that would display all articles with the tag toolkit would be:
You would get the feed here:
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