Digital Literacy refers to the ability to locate, evaluate, organise and share information and data, to help with decision making and understand what information is appropriate for a particular situation.
This is defined by CILIP, the Library and Information Association, as
“the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to develop informed views and to engage fully with society.”
Within your research for assignments you will need to know how to find good academic sources. Once you have found information that seems relevant you need to be able to evaluate this and decide what information is best in a particular context, and whether the information you find is trustworthy and relevant. In addition you need to distinguish different kinds of information eg academic, professional, personal and political.
It is good to have a knowledge of copyright and data protection to know what type of information can be shared.
A great place start with understanding information literacy is to talk to your Subject Librarian, or to look at the special subject guides they will have created to recommend guides and resources for your subject area
Information Literacy course on lynda.com
Fake News links
An experts guide to fake news for young people
How to spot fake news - Infographic
Factchecker.org video guide
Evaluating Information Knowing What to Trust - Open University
Lone Star College Evaluating Information Checklist