Digital Literacy

What is digital literacy?

What is it and why is it important for your studies, life and future employment?
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Understand the web

Find out about more about how the web works and it's impact on you
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Manage your online identity

Find out about how to manage your online identity
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Digital wellbeing

Steps to digital wellbeing
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Top Tips


You can’t Google your way to a degree – but it can help you, if used intelligently.

Try new technologies and resources

See Tools, Apps, Books and Sites (TABS) for suggestions.

Library subject guides

Signpost you to important online resources.

Be selective and critical of what you find

Consider what is useful and relevant, avoid what is misleading or lacking credibility. This takes practice. See:


Understand when copyright applies – always acknowledge sources

Build your networks

As well as tutors, students and support services, online help and forums can be valuable sources of information.

Learn ways to build a positive profile

Employers will look at it.

Be safe and respectful

Think about your personal and professional reputation when you are online.


This is why we can't have nice things: mapping the relationship

Mapping the relationship between online trolling and mainstream culture

Linked In

Linked In is the world's largest professsional networking site.


Mendeley is a free reference management tool and academic social networking tool. It works with any browser and comes in a desktop or mobile version.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons enables you to search for images and other data that you can legally share, use and edit.

23 Things for Digital Knowlege

The University of Edinburgh’s 23 Things for Digital Knowledge is an award winning ( LILAC Credo Digital Literacy Award 2017 ) self-directed course. The programme seeks to expose you to a range of digital tools for your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student, or professional.

Digital Literacy

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