Searching with Digital – learner digital literacy theme

This page outlines some of the key digital literacy skills and knowledge that learners require for finding and evaluating information. This includes being able to use effective search terms, identifying and using reliable and trustworthy sources and evaluating the reliability of the information.

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Digital Learner diagram (landscape)

Where to start

Learners should be able to:

  • find, evaluate and store or retrieve information online

See more information on this in the accordion menus below (click to expand the blue bars):

Finding information

search skills

Information literacy

“The ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to reach and express informed views and to engage fully with society.” – CILIP Information Literacy Group


go to the Cyber Toolkit for advice and guidance on Information Literacy

What next?

There are further examples and contexts in the accordion menus below (click to expand the blue bars):

Literacy and English

reading skills

reading for understanding

Reading on a screen

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Evaluate a text

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Microsoft Search Coach tool

For teachers using Microsoft Teams, the Search Coach tool is useful to evaluate search results; each result in a search has a ‘reliability score’ that informs learners of the validity of the source: Microsoft Search Coach



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