Monthly Archives: February 2013

Citation Management Help

One of the biggest challenges of research is keeping track of your sources. And, once you’ve done that successfully, you have to go through the tedium of properly formatting your sources into a ‘Works Cited’ page.

To help make your research life easier we provide access to RefWorks. If you’re unfamiliar with how RefWorks works spend a few moments checking out the tutorials available here. RefWorks helps you organize the citations you’ll use for your paper, and can instantly create a properly formatted ‘Works Cited’ page.

If you’re already familiar with Zotero, EasyBib, or BibMe and want to know how they compare to RefWorks check out our new Citation Management research guide.

If you have any questions about how to use RefWorks stop by the Reference Desk and ask one of our librarians for assistance. Or, if you’d like a demonstration for your entire class contact David Davisson for arranging a presentation on how to use RefWorks.

(Thank you! to Nancy Schuler for putting together this clear and easy-to-use comparison of different Citation Management apps.)

A Bit of History at the Florida State Fair: Or How I Came to Learn About Florida Cowboys and Florida Crackers

Cracker Cowboys

Remington, F. Included in an article entitled, “Cracker Cowboys of Florida” published in Harper’s new monthly magazine v.91, issue 543, August 1895. Retrieved from State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

Over the past weekend I and many others visited the Florida State Fair. This year they had some new exhibits: “Discovery Center” curated by the Tampa Bay History Center and “Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making” from the Florida Department of Agriculture. I also spent some time in Cracker Country happily daydreaming about living a simpler life and actually took the time to read the sign, “What is a Florida Cracker?” Turns out Florida has a long, fascinating and seldom known history of cattle ranching and an equally intriguing local culture called “Florida Crackers.” The term refers to early American settlers to the state and  also denotes native Floridians with longstanding  ancestral roots in the area. While not all “Florida Crackers” were or are cattlemen the two share similar cultural traditions and have become entwined somewhat in popular memory.

Collier, J. (1942). Escambia Farms, Florida. A Florida “cracker” trys to “argue it out” with the sugar ration board. Retrieved February 13, 2013 from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540

While cattle ranching in Florida has it historical origins with the earliest Spanish settlers, the  Seminole tribe and pre-dates the cowboy of the American West it truly took off in the mid-19th century. From the early 1840s through 1949 Florida’s “Cracker Cowboys” (possibly originating from the sound made by their whips) practiced open range ranching allowing their cattle to freely roam and graze on public lands. The 1949 Florida Fence Law put an end to this practice.

To learn more about Florida’s “Cracker Cowboys” and the broader Cracker culture check out these articles in the JSTOR database (log in through Esearch first):

Denham, J.M.(1994). The Florida Cracker before the Civil War as seen through   travelers’ accounts. The Florida Historical Quarterly, 72(4), 453-468.

Otto, J.S. (1984). Traditional cattle-herding practices in southern Florida. The Journal of American Folklore, 97(385), 291-309.

Otto, J.S.(1984). Florida’s cattle-ranching frontier: Hillsborough County (1860). The Florida Historical Quarterly, 63(1), 71-83.

seminole cattle ranchers

Seminole Indian cowboy Charlie Micco and grandson Fred Smith on horseback in a cattle ranch – Brighton Reservation, Florida 1950. Retrieved February 13, 2013 from State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Quarterly, 63(1), 71-83.

To learn more about the Seminole cattlemen and women of Florida see this article in JSTOR:

Sievers, E., Tepper, C., and Tanner, G.W. (1985). Seminole Indian ranching in Florida.
Rangelands , 7(5),209-211.
Check out The Seminoles of Florida by James Covington from the library.
Read this article in the Seminole Tribune about a cattle ranching exhibit at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.
For more information and photographs visit,

To visit a living history exhibit check out,

Time to start looking for a summer job…

Staying in Tampa this summer or heading for points elsewhere? Whatever the case may be now is the time to get going on the summer job hunt.

Recently I received email or spotted posts about the following jobs around Tampa:

South Tampa YMCA Summer Day Camp Counselors – other jobs at other YMCA locations can also be found by googling Tampa YMCA and searching YMCA careers.

Here is a site to help you find a job at a sleep away camp – you’ll probably work very hard and make very little but what an adventure – you need to apply now to be consider at some of the most elite camps.

Maybe you want to take on internship. Here is a link to help you find one here in Tampa.

Do you enjoy baseball and the beach? Consider trying to snag a job at Tropicana Field where you can enjoy a season of baseball and when the Rays are out of town you can head St. Pete Beach and soak up the sun.

What are some other good places about town and beyond to find a summer job? Start researching now and you could have an interview during Spring break and a job in the bag by the time tax day rolls around. After all, as I like to say THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM!

Good luck on your summer job hunt!


Saunders Writing Center Spring 2013 Schedule

One of the things we don’t do in the library is proofread papers. However, if you’d like some help with brainstorming, proofreading, and revising your paper visit the Saunders Writing Center.

Monday: 9am-7pm
Tuesday: 8:15am-7pm
Wednesday: 9am-6pm
Thursday: 8:15am-7pm
Friday: 8:15am-1pm

For more information or to make an appointment call (813) 253-6244 or stop by Plant Hall Room 323.

Search Smarter, Search Faster

Here’s a nice intro on search strategies from down under.

Libraries in the Superbowl

The “Whisper Fight” commercial for Oreos cookies that aired during the Superbowl is getting a lot of attention from librarians, and seems to be generally well-received among the commercial-loving public.

Sunday night I was visiting with some friends who were having a small Superbowl party. At one point I remember looking over to the television and seeing a library being destroyed. I wasn’t close enough to hear what was going on and missed the joke that through all of the destruction people continue to whisper because they’re in the library. Instead, I was a bit horrified by the wanton library violence. I only hope this doesn’t become a trend.

On the other hand, I do fully endorse the idea of using your library voice no matter how chaotic things get in the library!