Media Literacy

Titles covering media literacy, news, and misinformation in the digital age, selected by RCL editors. Resources for College Libraries (RCL) features core titles for academic libraries, curated by Choice/ACRL subject specialists. In Syndetics Unbound, RCL Librarians recommend a selection of the 90,000+ titles available at

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Media literacy
Potter, W. James
Paper Book
Media Literacy teaches students how to navigate through the overwhelming flood of information found in today's media-saturated world. Drawing from thousands of media research studies, author W. James Potter explores key components to understanding the fascinating world of mass media. Potter presents...
Fake news nation : the long history of lies and misinterpretations in America
Cortada, James W.
Paper Book
How rumors, lies, and misrepresentations shaped American history After the election of Donald Trump as president, people in the United States and across large swaths of Europe, Latin America, and Asia engaged in the most intensive discussion in modern times about...
Everydata : the misinformation hidden in the little data you consume every day : why your gas tank isn't empty, you're not better than average, and Africa is bigger than you think
Johnson, John H.
Paper Book
While everyone is talking about "big data," the truth is that understanding the "little data"--the stats that underlie newspaper headlines, stock reports, weather forecasts, and so on--is what helps you make smarter decisions at work, at home, and in every aspect of your life. The average person...
Media Literacy and the Emerging Citizen: Youth, Engagement and Participation in Digital Culture
Mihailidis, Paul
Paper Book
Media Literacy and the Emerging Citizen is about enhancing engagement in a digital media culture and the models that educators, parents and policy makers can utilize to place media-savvy youth into positions of purpose, responsibility and power. Two specific challenges are at the core of this...
Media literacy for justice : lessons for changing the world
De Abreu, Belinha S.
Paper Book
Foreword by Yohuru Williams, Racial Justice Initiative, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. St. Thomas University, Minneapolis; Preface by Asha Rangappa, former FBI agent and Senior Lecturer, Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs Providing context,...
News Literacy: Helping Students and Teachers Decode Fake News
Janke, Robert W.
Paper Book
Our society faces international challenges from cyber attacks and dissemination of fake news with a goal to destabilize our society. Fake news can be used as a weapon with destructive effects as powerful as any military attack. Fake news can spread as fast as a wildfire carried on the winds of...
News literacy : the keys to combating fake news
Luhtala, Michelle
Paper Book
At a time when misinformation in the media is abundant, this book explains the difficulty in nurturing students to become critical researchers and offers practical lessons that empower students to excavate information that will help them learn. This guide to teaching news...
A survival guide to the misinformation age : scientific habits of mind
Helfand, D. J.
Paper Book
We live in the Information Age, with billions of bytes of data just two swipes away. Yet how much of this is mis- or even disinformation? A lot of it is, and your search engine can't tell the difference. As a result, an avalanche of misinformation threatens to overwhelm the discourse we so...
Trusting the News in a Digital Age: Toward a New News Literacy
Dvorkin, Jeffrey
Paper Book
TRUSTING THE NEWS in a Digital Age How to use critical thinking to discern real news from fake news Trusting the News in a Digital Age provides an ethical framework and the much-needed tools for assessing information produced in our digital age. With the tsunami...

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