Information Literacy: Part 4 – Library Resources | De Anza College

[ Music ]>>There is an enormous amount
of digital media created and consumed every day from
videos on YouTube, to blogs, to articles published online. Digital media is changing
rapidly every year. Although there are
many different types of digital content, some
are more suitable for use in academic projects like
presentations or papers. Let’s explore six types of
digital media that are common, easy to find, and useful
when doing research for academic assignments. Websites are created by
companies, organizations, media outlets, or individuals. They’re a useful way to distribute information
to a mass audience. For academic assignments,
websites created by nonprofit organizations,
academic institutions, and government agencies
are often the most useful and credible. You can usually recognize these
websites by their dot org, dot edu, and dot
gov domain names. The Pew Research
Center, for example, is a nonprofit organization
that provides information on social issues, public
opinion, and demographic trends. Finding relevant
information on these kinds of websites often requires
some patience and persistence. The sheer quantity of
information can be overwhelming, and it’s not always
well organized. With more and more
people using the Internet to gather basic news, there
are an increasing number of online magazines and journals which only publish
their content digitally. The articles are usually written
by professional journalists or other relevant experts. And there is often a
more formal process of editing and fact checking. When a website like
Huffington Post compiles news from other sources, acting
as a secondary source, not all of it may
be fact checked. Vox is an example of a
reputable online news magazine that publishes articles
on a variety of topics and issues related to the news. Given the fast-paced nature of
news production, the credibility of these sources
should still be checked. Just because something
is published online, doesn’t make it true. Another common type of
online journalism is the blog or weblog. Like articles in a
newspaper or a magazine, these are generally
written by individuals and usually provide
information or commentary about a particular
subject or issue. One of the more popular
astronomy blogs, Bad Astronomy, is written by Phil
Plait, an astronomer who holds a PhD in the field. Although many blog authors
do have relevant expertise and appropriate credentials,
anyone can easily create a blog and the credibility should
always be scrutinized. All it takes is a Google search
and you can find thousands of pictures and videos
of all kinds of things. Using YouTube videos in
presentations can be a great way to engage your audience, but
you still need to be careful that you are using
reliable information from credible sources. Now that almost everyone has a
video camera in their pocket, the ability to create this type of content is no longer
limited to professionals. A good alternative to
YouTube are video databases through De Anza library like
Films On Demand and NBC Learn where videos are arranged
by subject categories. Audio information is also widely
available through the Internet, often through podcasts. These usually consist
of a series of audio episodes either
downloaded or streamed online to a computer or mobile device. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse
Tyson has a weekly radio show that is streamed from the
web and features discussions on a range of topics
related to astronomy and science more generally. Similar to blogs, podcasts can
be created by practically anyone and also need to be assessed
for reliability and credibility. One of the more useful types
of digital media is the Wiki or an online database that
is collaboratively developed and maintained. The most popular
Wiki is Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that actually allows
anyone to be a contributor. Although articles on
Wikipedia are often edited and usually include sources,
it can sometimes be difficult to verify the validity
of an article. Wikipedia is a good place to get
general information on a topic but for more specific
research, you will need to find more reliable
primary sources. A lot of instructors won’t let
you use Wikipedia for research, so check with your
instructor before you begin. Online speeches or presentations
are also useful types of digital media content of which TED talks are
one of the most popular. With a large library of
viewable presentations, is an excellent resource
for becoming more knowledgeable about a variety of topics. Even though most of the
talks are given by experts in their respective fields, you should still assess the
credibility of the source. Throughout this overview
of digital media content, we’ve emphasized the
need for being critical in assessing the
credibility of these sources. A quick Google search on a topic
will often lead to a wealth of information, but
it’s not always clear who has produced the information
and how credible it is. [ Music ]


  1. Bryan Le

    May 13, 2018 at 5:07 am

    There are multiple types of digital media that can be found on the library database.

  2. William Nguyen

    May 16, 2018 at 5:02 am

    Databases provide more credible sources than other sources online.

  3. Jeremy Santoso

    June 27, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    This video help tell us which digital resources may be more credible

  4. Ragerroger

    June 28, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Didn't know there were so many different types of sources in our database.

  5. Michael Trang

    July 18, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    I had never thought about using TED talks as a source for information. I don’t think I’ll look to them as a source to put in a works cited page, but I could definitely see myself watching them to get general information.

  6. Luwam tekeste

    July 20, 2018 at 6:38 am

    It is helpful for visual learners and to find relatable information.

  7. Levi Jara

    July 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    PEW Research Center is a great way to get material for presentations and paper. The video states that some websites are secondary distributers of the digital material so sometimes the articles aren't always fact checked. I always thought the articles were submitted by reputable writers, which would hold the company who posts this material responsible for its reliability since they're major websites.

  8. Eric Bui

    July 27, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    I learned and explored six types of digital media from this video.

  9. wongelawit alemayehu

    August 3, 2018 at 2:55 am

    Finding reliable information on the internet can be a challenge but this video gives me an important information about reliable sources.

  10. zach barberi

    August 8, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Having the different kinds of medias are a great way to reach all students learning styles.

  11. Doryn Gomez

    August 10, 2018 at 7:43 am

    The information I learned through this video really helped my understanding of digital media and how impactful and prevalent it is in my life!

  12. Irene Robles

    August 11, 2018 at 6:06 am

    There are so many different types of media and it's really great to have all of these available for us!

  13. Terra-Lynn

    November 2, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    This video was so informative! I like how it gave some reputable sites for us to use!

  14. Teppei Tajima

    November 5, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    This video is a good warning against using unreliable resources. Anyone who actively uses the internet for scavenging news (basically everyone) should watch this video and learn how to determine which sources are credible and which ones not

  15. Vincenza Anastasia Priana

    November 17, 2018 at 5:29 am

    This video is useful to find a credible digital media content. Very informative and useful for the future.

  16. Alex Ruffo

    November 19, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    The video explains when to use specific digital media and explains which are credible or not

  17. RNG

    December 5, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    This video acts as a good refresher for what could be considered a credible source you can use in your research.

  18. Fruitlvvps _

    December 6, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    This video was very useful because it provided us with examples on what sites we can hse

  19. Kaylie Bui

    December 8, 2018 at 2:33 am

    This video helped me remind myself how to correctly cite my sources based on the different assignments I'm doing. And this video also helped me out to find credible sources based on the domain to make sure the information is correct and not being given false info.

  20. Angelina Nguyen

    February 8, 2019 at 4:25 am

    This video taught me that students should be more critical of what they find on the internet. I think the video is very helpful in showing the dangers but also positives from just searching the internet.

  21. Harmony Rahal

    February 11, 2019 at 3:31 am

    I learned that instead of using search engines like Google to look up videos I might need for sources, I can easily use the database so that I can find the reliable ones. This is a really helpful video.

  22. Jessica Vo

    March 12, 2019 at 6:11 am

    This gave me more knowledge about how to find credible sources on the internet, so websites that were created by nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions are useful for academic research.

  23. Huynh Lu

    March 13, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Very helpful for students or anyone really to look for credible sources.

  24. Marco Aguila

    March 20, 2019 at 3:23 am

    this allows students to have sources that are from government findings.

  25. Krystal Vong

    March 21, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    This video taught me more of how to use each digital media since there's always a particular area a website is known for. This would allow anyone to use their time more efficiently by knowing which digital media to use when knowing what each of them are usually used for.

  26. jose bustos

    March 23, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    This video taught me that I could find more credible sources online without having to use google and I could find more credible sources at the de Anza library

  27. Angelina Taing

    March 27, 2019 at 7:11 am

    the video introduced me to digital media that is useful for doing research and the six different kinds of digital media available

  28. Badin Pattamasirikul

    March 27, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    this video tell you that you need reliable resources for your presentation. You will source is good and which is not.

  29. samantha esparza

    March 28, 2019 at 3:29 am

    I never knew about pew research, so now I know it could be a helpful tool with future research papers. I also learned about the video data bases through De Anza library that hold reliable content, rather than getting videos off of youtube where anyone can post them.

  30. Shaina Lynne

    March 28, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    the internet is so easily accessed by everyone, that it is challenging to find reliable sources for research, however, this video is helpful towards giving some tips as to finding credible sources

  31. Eva Cardenas

    May 18, 2019 at 3:03 am

    Very clear, students have to be careful about what sources are reliable and good to use for their assignments.

  32. Francis Nguyen

    May 20, 2019 at 5:46 am

    I never knew the importance of digital media and how it can be useful for school work.

  33. Daniel Yun

    June 10, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    This video was very informative in how it introduced six different kinds of digital media

  34. Matthew Malgioglio

    June 17, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I will be sure to use these tips when looking for credible sources

  35. Dasom Lee

    June 17, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    I think I need to make sure if the source that I found is believable or not.

  36. Kalisa Vaka

    June 19, 2019 at 8:19 am

    This can come in handy when you need an academic related visual aid!

  37. Nor-Cal Video Productions

    June 21, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Glad to see the importance of digital media is evolving and being recognized!

  38. Jennifer Nguyen

    June 23, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Really cool on how there are different types of digital media. This helps when you want to give these media to a certain audience.

  39. Vivian Bui

    June 25, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    This video helps with teaching you the different types of digital media as well as how to fact check the information for credibility.

  40. chelgis jahanfard

    June 26, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Credibility is so rare these days, good thing we still have a few good resources left in the world

  41. Nathan Driggett

    June 26, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    This video helped me to learn the different typed of digital media, and how to do fact checks.

  42. Kayla Casayuran

    June 27, 2019 at 2:42 am

    This video taught me lot about digital media and how to check for credibility

  43. Isabella Grimes

    June 27, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    This video was a good reminder to check the credibility of your sources before you rely on them for information.

  44. sajan maharjan

    July 27, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    It is such vast that you may get any information or a any specific definition through digital media.

  45. Jon Lopez

    July 30, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    This video taught me how to use digital media for presentations and papers.

  46. Aaron Aguirre

    August 8, 2019 at 2:28 am

    it taught me how to check for credibility and where to search for credible sources

  47. Cyrus Lau

    August 8, 2019 at 4:44 am

    This video teaches you to access useful and trustworthy information.

  48. Jacob Stock

    November 3, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    The video is helpful to overview different online resources and to be careful in terms of credibility

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