Digital and Information & Research Literacies Framework

Integrated Digital and Information & Research Literacies Framework


Easily align Digital Literacy with Information & Research Literacies in your curriculum. The Digital, Information & Research Literacies framework developed by CSU Library, identifies seven core competencies. Help your students to develop digital literacy knowledge and skills through an integrated approach by comprehensively defining and aligning skills and behaviours to foundation, proficient and advanced levels. Talk to us about how this framework provides you with a scaffolded approach, and how it will help underpin your marking criteria.


Competency Foundation Proficient Advanced
Ability to use digital tools

Effectively selects and uses appropriate digital tools to locate, filter, retrieve, store, and manage information.

Habitually utilises digital tools to:

  • take notes
  • locate information online
  • organise readings.
Utilises digital tools to:

  • collaborate with others
  • create digital products
  • manage and store information.
Selects and adapts digital tools to:

  • achieve study, personal, and professional goals
  • solve problems
  • communicate knowledge.
Ability to identify an information need

Identifies and defines the extent and scope of discipline-specific information needed to answer a research question.

  • Understands the scope of information required for an assessment.
  • Identifies key concepts and keywords using topic analysis.
  • Identifies existing knowledge within the discipline.
  • Is familiar with common research methods.
  • Uses existing knowledge to identify information gaps.
  • Creates new research questions.
Ability to locate relevant information

Effectively uses search strategies and appropriate digital tools to find relevant information. Locates primary and secondary sources that are authoritative and relevant to the discipline.

  • Locates subject readings.
  • Locates and accesses relevant digital and non-digital sources.
  • Understands the different types of information sources.
  • Effectively constructs and refines online search strategies to efficiently fill an information need.
  • Efficiently locates high quality material on the internet.
  • Sets up systems and alerts to retrieve relevant new information.
  • Accesses relevant data sources.
Ability to evaluate and apply information

Interprets and understands information delivered in a range of formats. Critically evaluates the appropriateness information and data. Analyses and synthesises relevant information to support arguments and decisions.

  • Understands the need to use quality and authoritative sources.
  • Evaluates information according to currency, reliability, authority, and purpose.
  • Analyses and synthesises a range of digital and non-digital information sources.
  • Uses credible sources to support arguments and decisions.
  • Develops a behaviour of critical evaluation of information.
  • Has the ability to critically analyse and synthesise online and/or industry-specific information to inform decisions.
Ability to access, use, and manage information ethically and legally.

Understands the ethical and legal principles of research in the digital environment. Gathers, manages, and disseminates information and data ethically, legally, and safely.

  • Accurately acknowledges the work of others.
  • Understands the use of copyright and attribution statements.
  • Uses appropriate technologies to manage and store information ethically.
  • Understands the ethical and legal implications of reusing online content.
  • Ethically collates, curates, repurposes, and shares information.
Ability to use digital communication tools

Uses digital tools and social media to effectively communicate and collaborate with others, and to synthesise, create, integrate, and share information.

  • Understands the difference between using digital communication tools for work and for study.
  • Contributes to discussion forums within subjects.
  • Uses social media and online platforms to collaborate and communicate with others.
  • Shares known resources with peers.
  • Participates in online professional networks.
  • Contributes original discussion and knowledge through digital channels.
Capacity for digital citizenship

Consciously develops a positive online identity, and participates in online communities. Understands the implications of the global use of technology in professional, social, and cultural settings.

  • Understands the professional, socials and cultural implications of the use of technology.
  • Is respectful of others in the digital environment.
  • Understands how to preserve privacy and security online.
  • Participates safely in online communities.
  • Uses a range of digital platforms and techniques to actively cultivate and maintain a proactive and professional online presence (‘digital footprint’).



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