Thursday, November 30, 2017

Need Help Citing Social Media?

In some cases, a social media post can be considered a primary source, for example if the president of the United States tweets his plans to push for a new policy. Taking this tweet in context -- as you would a remark given in a speech -- by looking at subsequent remarks and then the resulting policy decisions that may have been influenced, can help build or support a case for whatever thesis you are defending.

Here is a handy chart to give you a quick reference. Refer to the links above for more detail, and don't forget the hanging indent! Need more help? Ask a librarian.


Social Media by Style





Twitter Moments include all the necessary information—who (Twitter username), when (date), what (title), and where (URL)


Reuters Top News [Reuters]. (2016, November 1). Inside David Bowie's art collection [Twitter moment]. Retrieved from

@tombrokaw. "SC demonstrated why all the debates are the engines of this campaign." Twitter, 22 Jan. 2012, 3:06 a.m.,

Last name, First name. Twitter Post. Month Day, Year, Time. Tweet URL.


Timberlake, Justin. Twitter Post. June 16, 2014, 8:05 PM.


handle. (Year, month day posted). First several words of Instagram post (if any)... [Instagram post]. Retrieved from URL

libechillbro. (2013, April 18). Root beer floats are in honor of  National Library Week [Instagram post]. Retrieved from

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. (handle). "First several words of Instagram post (if any)..." Instagram, Day month year posted, URL.

libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week…" Instagram, 18 Apr 2013,


Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. Instagram post. Month day, year posted.  URL.

Penguin, Oscar. Instagram post. April 18, 2013.



A reference to a YouTube channel follows the usual who (YouTube username), when (date), what (title), and where (URL) format:


PsycINFO. (n.d.). Home [YouTube Channel]. Retrieved from

“8 Hot Dog Gadgets put to the Test.” YouTube, uploaded by Crazy Russian Hacker, 6 June 2016,

McGonigal, Jane. “Gaming and Productivity.” YouTube, uploaded by Big Think, 3 July 2012,

Last Name, First Name. “Video Title”. Filmed [Month Year]. YouTube video, duration. Posted [Month Year]. Video URL

GEICO Insurance. “GEICO Hump Day Camel Commercial – Happier than a Camel on Wednesday”. Filmed [May 2013]. YouTube video, 00:30. Posted [May 2013].


Artist, A. A. (Credit), & Artist, B. B. (Credit). (Year of copyright, Date of recording). Title of episode. Title of Program: Subtitle [format]. Place of recording: Publisher. (Year of recording if different from year of copyright).  Retrieved from internet address


Robertson, R. (Speaker). (2010). Leadership at the bottom of the earth…where no one hears you scream, 2010 Sir Walter Murdoch lecture [Podcast]. Murdoch, WA: Murdoch University. Retrieved from

Author, Given Names. Title: Subtitle.  Publisher, Year, Internet address


Miller, Toby. Australian Citizenship, 1912: A Model for the World?, 2013 Sir Walter Murdoch Lecture. Murdoch University, 2013, Office/University-history/Lectures-and-speeches/Sir-Walter-Murdoch-Memorial-Lecture-Series/.

Last Name, First Name. “Episode Title”. Podcast Title. Podcast audio, Month Date, Year of publication. URL.


Starecheski, Laura. “Goat on a Cow”. Detective Stories. Podcast audio, Sept. 10, 2007.


Freakonomics. (2010, October 29). E-ZPass is a life-saver (literally) [Blog post].  Retrieved from


Mathis, T. (2015, August 12). What is human systems integration? [Blog post].  Retrieved from

Editor, screen name, author, or compiler name (if available). “Posting Title.” Name of Site, Version number (if available), Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), URL. Date of access.

Salmar1515 [Sal Hernandez]. “Re: Best Strategy: Fenced Pastures vs. Max Number of Rooms?” BoardGameGeek, 29 Sept. 2008, Accessed 5 Apr. 2009.


Generally, blog entries and comments are cited only as notes. If you frequently cite a blog, however, then you may choose to include it in your bibliography.


Lennon, Robert J. “How Do You Revise?,” Ward Six (blog), September 16, 2010 (8:39 a.m.),


Susan Woodring, September 17, 2010 (3:40 a.m.), comment on J. Robert Lennon, “How Do You Revise?,” Ward Six (blog), September 16, 2010 (8:39  a.m.),


Friday, September 01, 2017

Off Campus Access Conundrum

If you’ve never seen this before, you’re one of the lucky ones!


It can happen on any device at any location.

What is this and what is causing it???

It’s the most common question we get, and as librarians, that’s kind of depressing! We have featured this question (and it's answer) on our FAQ page, and here is a recap with a more thorough explanation.

There are many reasons this error occurs, but far and away the most common is that your browser's cache and cookies haven’t been cleared recently. Security certificates are changed often to make things secure!

Your cache “remembers” the places you have visited so that returning to that site again is as quick as a click. Unfortunately, when security information in the cache is out of date, this inability to connect is the result. Clear the cache and your problem will likely be solved.

If you don’t know how -- and don’t have time to learn how -- to clear your cache, use a browser you haven’t used before OR use “incognito” mode on your favorite browser.

Learning to use incognito mode is useful at other times as well. If you don’t know how, here are instructions for virtually every device and browser out there.

Friday, August 25, 2017

What's New for Fall 2017?

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step
Welcome! (And for some, welcome back. We missed you!) Hopefully, summertime was fun and relaxing, and you are ready and eager to begin the Fall 2017 semester.

Whether your college journey seems exciting or intimidating, there is no doubt that it will at times be challenging, and we want to help! Stop by the library for the first time and introduce yourself, have a look around, try out your login credentials in the library’s computer lab and get a library barcode for your student ID.

As a new OR returning student, be sure to have a look at our website. We’ve made a few cosmetic changes that we hope will make research faster and more easily accessible.

We also want to show off some new resources, and be sure you know some shortcuts to the most popular research tools we have to offer. Read on!

The search box is more visible.

It's now at the top of the home page. The search box that finds research material found in nearly all of Logue Library’s subscriptions is also available on all of the subject guides, and is a great way to get started with researching a topic. Just type your topic in the search box and hit “Enter” or click Search.

Above the list of Subject Guides, click the DATABASES link.

This is an A-Z Database index with links to subscriptions and freely available full text resources that are appropriate for academic research.

Look in the left column to see what’s new and what is popular. Then, “Sort by Subject” (image below) to see which databases are recommended for the classwork you are completing, a list of subject guides to consult, and contact information for the librarians.

The Logue Library website is your toolbox for doing research and completing writing projects for your classes. In addition to our book catalog, there are links to eBooks, journal articles and much more, as well as research guides by subject, and guides for assignments in specific courses. And don’t forget to ask a librarian whenever you get lost and need directions. Check this space weekly for more tips and tricks from the librarians!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Best Place to Store your Important Documents

HINT:  It's not a flash drive.

A couple of years ago, we wrote about the perils of relying on your phone to store important information. All of that still holds.

As technology advances, some things stay the same.

Which is why we really should address the recurring drama that is, "I can't open my flash drive," or, "I lost my flash drive," followed by, "All of my research is on it. It is very important that I find it/fix it!"

It is always heartbreaking to have to tell a student that it's all gone. Gone. It is even more heartbreaking to know that this did not have to happen. All our academic lives, we are told to save our work as we go, in case something happens to the file or the computer freezes as we write that last paragraph. But save it where?

Rather than rely on computers and flash drives and (heaven forbid) phones to faithfully store hours, weeks, even months of work, we humbly recommend these alternatives, in order of their reliability, convenience and cost :

  1. Google Drive - As you work, your document is auto-saved. If your computer freezes up, or completely dies, gets stolen, or if the dog eats it, your work will be there when you log in from another device, including the freely available public access computers in the library.  When you are finished, you can export it to MS Word or as a PDF, making compatibility issues nil.
  2. If you prefer a flash drive for more than temporary storage, even after reading about Google Drive, email the work to yourself, too.  Even though you will have to do this every time you do further work on the project, at least you'll have your latest email if your flash drive gets crushed by the heel of the person walking behind you when you accidentally drop it. And since the email messages are dated, you'll know which one has the most recent save.
  3. If you insist on using a flash drive, use two. Save your work periodically to a second flash drive that is safely stored someplace reliable and that you will never carry out into a snow storm.

Speaking of a snow storm, here's a time lapse of the ONE we got this winter, taken from Logue Library. Enjoy. It's your reward for reading all the way to the end.