Media Literacy: Overview

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In its most basic form, Media Literacy is when you ask questions and think about the reasons the words you read were written that way, and know how to find out more about what you read. Use this guide to figure out how to find reliable media, evaluate any kind of media, and learn about the ways media affects how you think, feel, and behave after reading, listening to, or watching it.

"Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, & produce communication in a variety of forms. In essence, a media literate person can think critically about what they see, hear, and read in books, newspapers, magazines, television, radio, movies, music, advertising, video games, the Internet, and new emerging technology."

- Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Use the Austin Public Library for Reliable News & Research

Online Newspapers - Austin American Statesman, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and dozens more.

Online Magazines - Choose from over 3000 magazines using Overdrive Magazines.

Online Journals - Research articles using Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, Business Source Complete and more.

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