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A database is a searchable collection of published information. Databases can provide access to journal articles, newspapers, images and more. See the list of databases available through the library.

Digital literacy

Digital literacy is the ability to identify and use technology confidently, creatively and critically to effectively meet the demands and challenges of living, learning and working in a digital society.

Developing digital literacies is part of becoming digitally fluent. For more information on this Deakin Global Learning Outcome see What is Digital Literacy?

Peer review process

Peer review is a quality control process where an author's scholarly work or research is evaluated by experts in the same field. For more information see the peer review guide.

Open Access

Open Access (OA) is a publishing movement aimed at making research freely available online.  For more information see the open access guide.

Literature review

A literature review is both a process and a product, where you find, critically analyse and synthesise published literature on a particular topic.

Grey literature

Grey literature is research that is either unpublished or not published commercially.

Annotated bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a select list of sources where you add a brief explanation or note to each reference or citation.

Primary and secondary resources

Primary sources provide original information and first-hand accounts. Secondary sources summarise, interpret or analyse primary sources. For more information see the primary and secondary sources guide.


A web browser is software you install to access and view information on the internet. Commonly used browsers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari. Mozilla Firefox is the browser recommended by Deakin.

For more information visit the browser settings website.


A bookmark in the digital world is similar to how you use a bookmark when reading a textbook. It’s a placeholder or shortcut for any information you want to go back to. You can quickly get to your favourite webpages by saving a digital bookmark in your web browser.

Most browsers allow you to create shortcut bookmarks, but each browser may have a different way of setting them up.


A bookmarklet can add new functions to your web browser. It gives you shortcut actions on a webpage with just a click. You don’t need to install a bookmarklet, you just add it to your bookmarks (see above).

Our bookmarklet tool, which simplifies your access to research resources, is a good example of what a bookmarklet can do.


You may be told to clear your cache when you have trouble loading a webpage. A browser cache stores some of the data from webpages you visit so it loads faster next time. Sometimes the cached data gets confused and your webpages partially load, or you have error messages, or the format of the page looks strange.

For cache troubleshooting visit How do I clear my web history (cookies and cache).


A digital platform is an online space for presenting content. A platform generally contains a lot of information and allows people to view, share, and save content. Facebook and Twitter are examples of social media platforms.

EBSCOhost is a platform you may use during your studies. It includes many databases that you can search for journal articles, newspaper articles, reports and more.