To be information literate is to be able to identify when and why you need information, understand how it is presented, critically evaluate it both in terms of its appropriateness of content as well as the quality of the information, and use and share that information. Digital Literacy is similar but with a focus on online information, such as the use of social media and virtual learning environments.
LEAP Online has extensive information on how to be information and digitally literate. Click on the LEAP Online image in the centre of this guide to find out more. Pay particular attention to My Academic Development and My Digital Literacy.
Turtitin is the plagiarism detection software you will most likely use to submit your assignments.
Turnitin is accessed via Moodle, and the following help guides may be of use:
LEAP Online offers support with your academic and personal development. Online tutorials cover a variety of topics such as referencing, time management, essay writing, finding appropriate information for assignments and many more. Each section contains information, videos and activities. You can earn digital badges by completing section assessments.
Click on the image above to access LEAP Online and take a look at the Quick Start Guide below:
As well as LEAP Online, there is a range of face-to-face workshops that you can book onto using the StudentHub. Log in with your network username and password to make a booking.
A number of books on study skills are available in the Library; below are just some examples. More can be found by searching either Discover@Bolton or the Library catalogue.
You must reference all of the information that you use to complete your assignments. LEAP Online explains what referencing is, why you must do it and when and how to do it.
Click here for the LEAP Online referencing section.
You may also find the plagiarism section useful.
Your tutors will tell you which referencing system to use. Many subject areas use the Harvard style. This printable handout is useful:
RefWorks enables you to create your own personal database of your references. You can then use these references when writing your assignments in Microsoft Word and automatically create a bibliography or reference list.
You can create a RefWorks account within Discover@Bolton. See this guide for details:
There is also a stand alone version of RefWorks, to access it follow this link. Ignore the OpenAthens login boxes, instead click the "Alternative login" link underneath them. On the following screen, type "Bolton" into the search box. Then, on the list of institutions you see, chose the SECOND University of Bolton option. Enter your University username and password. The first time you use RefWorks, you will need to create an individual account so that you can start to store your references. After you have created an account, access electronic resources as normal and choose the export to Refworks option for any articles you want to store.
For help using RefWorks, look at the Help sections within RefWorks itself.