RSS URL Converter

Have an RSS feed from a licensed database or e-journal, but can't get to the content from home because you aren't recognized as coming from the U of M? Have no fear! Put the RSS URL in the form below and get a new RSS URL that will convert all the links in your feed to U of M links!

RSS URL:  
(i.e. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/rss/site_3/67.xml)

What does this service do?

This service converts the URLs (link locations) inside of an RSS feed to point to a University Libraries proxy service. That way, when you click on a link in a converted RSS feed it will be a link that authenticates you as a U of M student, faculty, or staff member. For example, a link in an RSS feed for JAMA might look like this:

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/298.17.jrr70001v1?rss=1

Using the RSS URL Converter this URL will now look like:

http://ej.lib.umn.edu/?url=http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/298.17.jrr70001v1?rss=1

In a nutshell, this will allow you to use this (and all the links on the converted RSS feed) on or off campus.

What URL do I subscribe to with my RSS aggregator?

To start, enter a RSS feed into the form above. As an example, we can use the RSS feed for JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. The RSS feed for this journal is:

http://jama.ama-assn.org/rss/recent.xml

After clicking submit, you should see a page that shows the content of the RSS feed. Now, look in the "Location" field of your web browser. You will see a URL that looks something like this:

http://www.lib.umn.edu/site/rssproxy.phtml/?rssurl=http%3A%2F%2Fjama.ama-assn.org%2Frss%2Frecent.xml

Copy this URL and paste it into your favorite RSS aggregator like Bloglines, Google Reader, or a desktop client like Mozilla Thunderbird. That should be it! You will be subscribed to the feed and be able to access all the links from on or off campus.