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Digital Literacy

This guide will help you to use information technologies and the Internet to find, evaluate, use, and share information in order to succeed academically and in your future career development.

What is digital literacy?

Digital literacy is "a person's ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment... Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media, to reproduce data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments."(Barbara R. Jones-Kavalier and Suzanne L. Flannigan: Connecting the Digital Dots: Literacy of the 21st Century).

Image source: A model for digital literacy

While these abilities enhance all aspects of your life, this Guide focuses on the application of digital literacy to your academic career and your future workplace.

In this Guide

Digital technologies: technologies available at UC, tutorials, and workshops.

Digital materials and where to find them: library-licensed and free online resources for finding online articles, e-books, dissertations, media, etc.

Tips for online searching: tips and tricks for finding exactly what you are looking for.

Use digital sources critically: website evaluation tips.

Stay current: alert services for staying informed of new content in your area of interest.

Get organized: tools for organizing your citations, notes, and other materials.

Create and publish content: tools available at UC and online. Links to best practices in content presentation.

Network and collaborate: social media and collaboration tools.

Online safety and security: identity protection and online safety tips.

Ethics and copyright: responsible use of digital technologies, netiquette, copyright, and attribution of sources.

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