Digital and Information Literacy

Information literacy is about developing your skills in finding, evaluating, using and managing information. Digital literacy is about being empowered and confident to live, learn and work in a digital society.

During your studies and in your subsequent career, you will need to develop expertise in finding, evaluating and using information effectively and ethically.

With the information landscape constantly changing the University Library can help you keep your digital and information literacy skills up-to-date so that you stay on top of research in your field. The aim to help you study successfully and to develop skills valued by employers.

Your academic liaison librarian is an expert searcher. They can guide you to the very best information available in your subject area and help you develop your own expertise. Please contact your academic liaison librarian to arrange skills sessions for groups or one-to-one tutorials.

Skills include:

Identifying and accessing resources

  • Library website
  • Library catalogue
  • Online resources

Locating information

  • Books & E-Books
  • Journals & E-Journals
  • Newspapers & E-Newspapers
  • Getting the most out of Google

Literature Review

  • What is a literature review
  • How to do a literature review

Evaluating resources

  • Using the Internet for academic purposes
  • Key things to look for…
  • What is appropriate material

Staying Legal

  • Using other people’s information
  • Plagiarism: what it is and how to avoid it
  • Copyright
  • Using images, film and sound

Organising and managing your information

  • Keeping up with developments in your subject area
  • Refworks & other information management tools

Employability Skills

  • Managing your online identity / footprint
  • Social media in the workplace