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New From Digital Collections: Introduction to the Command Line

By Su Kim Chung on February 4, 2019 2:48 PM | Permalink


Learn how to navigate your computer using the Command Line by Miranda Barrie 

How do you create a new folder? Pick the option below that applies to you:

            a.Right-click on my desktop and click ‘Create New Folder’
            b.Click on the tool button and then click ‘New Folder’
            c.Will it into existence, I have the power within me
            d.I don’t. I like my files to be free range.

If you selected C or D, chances are you are probably not having much success organizing your files. If you selected A or B, you are interacting with your system through a Graphical-User Interface (GUI). Before users relied on GUIs to move around their systems, the command-line interface was the primary way people would interact with their computers. While a GUI is a visual way for operating your computer, the Command Line is a text-based interface for doing the same tasks you perform when clicking, dragging, and dropping files. It has a range of capabilities that make it a powerful tool for those who need more precision in their work.

In the first tutorial in the 1 October Twitter data collection series, you will learn how to use the Command Line to navigate your filesystem. You will use the skills you develop in this lesson when working with Twarc, a command line tool for collecting and analyzing Twitter data. Anyone interested in working with the 1 October Twitter dataset should have a handle on basic command line commands. Get started by clicking the links below to access the tutorial!

Mac users can access the tutorial by clicking here. Windows users can access the tutorial by clicking here.


Through a series of tutorials, UNLV libraries is working to make the 1 October Twitter Collection accessible to researchers across a diverse range of disciplines. You can access the publicly available dataset here. UNLV students, staff, and faculty can access the private dataset here. The first tutorial in the 1 October Twitter Collection series can be found here.

For any questions regarding the use of the dataset, please email Miranda Barrie and Thomas Padilla.