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Data Literacy

This guide will walk you through some of the tools, resources, and best practices for working & visualizing information, including data.

About this guide

This guide is designed to introduce you to resources on where to learn more about manipulated data, how to find data, and use of information and data in a visual way through a variety of tools. Please note that we (librarians) are not experts in everything, but are happy to help as much as possible.

Data Literacy

Data literacy is “understanding what data mean, including how to read charts appropriately, draw correct conclusions from data and recognize when data are being used in misleading or inappropriate ways” (Carlson et al., 2011). The emphasis in this definition is on data consumption, and critical assessment (Koltay, 2015).

What is Data Literacy? from Data-Pop Alliance