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Digital literacy tutorials

Digital literacy is one of eight Deakin University Graduate Learning Outcomes, and is defined as using technologies to find, use and disseminate information. Watch the following video or complete the tutorial to develop an understanding of digital literacy (Flash).

Develop an understanding of digital literacy (video tutorial, 2 minutes 55 seconds) Develop an understanding of digital literacy (RTF, 1.2 MB)


Find

Determine the key concepts

To start searching you’ll first need to determine the key concepts of your assignment.
Identifying search terms (video tutorial, 1 minute 55 seconds)

Develop a search strategy

Once you’ve identified keywords and concepts, you can begin to develop a search strategy.
Information searching techniques (video tutorial, 1 minute 53 seconds)

Use databases effectively

Using the single search box in Google is easy, but library databases often have multiple boxes.

Find resources using Library Search

Lots of resources are available to you from the library, and finding them could be easier than you think.


Use

Know the formats of information

Information can come in many different formats. Knowing what kind information can be found in a book, an article or in the news can help with your searching.
Information sources: What are they? (video tutorial, 2 minutes 50 seconds)

Know the types of information sources

Primary, secondary or tertiary information sources; depending on the source type you could be reading or viewing an original work or a second or even third person’s interpretation.

Evaluate information critically

There is so much information available today. Before using anything in your assignment, you’ll need to assess its reliability and accuracy.

Evaluating information sources (video tutorial, 2 minutes 13 seconds)

Disseminate and Share

Communicate online responsibly

You’ll be expected to participate in online discussions during your course. Now’s the time to think about your digital footprint.

Use information responsibly

Plagiarism; collusion; copyright; these words are used quite often at university, and it’s important you understand what this means for you.

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