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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 are digital materials?

Digital materials are those that can be accessed by computers. Some of them are "born-digital," or originated in a digital form (for example, pictures taken with a digital camera, web pages, twitter feeds, etc.), others were converted into digital files.

Where do digital materials reside?

Did you know that when you search Google you reach ONLY 4% of the content available on the Internet?
The infographic below demonstrates this very well.

Infographic showing that majority of the content is "below the surface"

Note that many scholarly articles and other resources required for your assignments are below the surface!
This page points you to the best tools for finding quality digital resources in UC Libraries and on the Internet.

Blogs

E-Books

At UC Libraries

  • Use the Summon metasearch tool, under "Content type" in your results click on "Book/e-Book." 

On the Public Web

Sites listed below provide free access only to part of the content. Some sites allow only previews, not the entire content.

Electronic records (e-mails, documents, spreadsheets, etc)

At UC Libraries

On the Public Web

Images

At UC Libraries

Links to library databases of images in the Media Guide:

On the Public Web

Links to free image resources in the Media Guide:

Journals

At UC Libraries

Browse or search E-journals (all UC Libraries subscriptions, including journals, magazines, and newspapers).

Library databases and the Summon metasearch tool allow you to limit your search to journals/journal articles or academic/scholarly/peer-reviewed journals:

Some databases, including the ones below, feature only academic journals.

Refer to Research Guides for primary journal databases or journal titles in your subject area.

On the Public Web

Many publishers charge for online content, which may be available free through library subscription.

Be careful with articles found on the Web - they may be incomplete or altered or you may not be looking at the final published version.

Magazines

At UC Libraries

Library databases and the Summon metasearch tool allow you to post-limit your search to magazines/magazine articles:

On the Public Web

Most magazine sites provide free access only to part of the content.

Be careful with articles found on the Web - they may be incomplete or altered.

Newspapers online

At UC Libraries

See our Newspapers Online Guide for links to premium newspaper databases.

On the Public Web

Many newspaper sites provide free access only to part of the content.

Free historical newspapers sites

People

Working on a computer it's easy to forget that people are a very important source of information. An expert may be sitting right next to you or next door.

In a digital environment it may also be more effective to go directly to en expert rather than keep searching and sifting through myriad of results. Identify experts and decide how to contact them: through social media, by phone, email, etc.

Sound recordings

At UC Libraries

To find CDs in the UC Libraries collection use the catalog Keyword search. Scroll down and under "sound recording" select "CD only."

For online resources see links under Online Audio and Video Resources in the Music and Dance Resources Guide.

On the Public Web

TV programs and shows

At UC Libraries

To find DVDs in the UC Libraries collection use the catalog Keyword search. Scroll down and under "Sound recording" select "DVD."

Tip: use "television programs" as one of your search terms, for example:
"once upon a time" and "television programs."

On the Public Web

Selected TV networks:

Tweets and other social media content

Video and film

At UC Libraries

To find DVDs in the UC Libraries collection use the catalog Keyword search. Scroll down and under "Sound recording" select "DVD."

Alternatively, use "videorecording" as one of you search terms, for example:
gender and videorecording

Selected library databases with video content:

Summon search results for streaming video.

To search for a specific video in Summon, enter the search criteria and click on "Streaming Video" under "Content Type" in the left-hand pane.

On the Public Web

Websites

At UC Libraries

Many Research Guides provide links to authoritative reliable websites in various subject areas.

On the Public Web

After you leave college and won't have access to library databases, Google will be your best friend. Follow the links below to learn how to make the most of it:

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