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Voter Media Literacy: Home

This guide contains resources for improving your media literacy skills and habits of mind so that you can be a better student, consumer, voter, and participant in our democracy!


How to Spot Fake News in an Election Year Panel Discussion

Before you vote, take a listen to this media literacy panel discussion with your Jefferson College Librarians! This live recording of our media literacy panel addresses media literacy and its applications to the democratic process. How can voters educate themselves on candidates, and sort through biased political ads, misinformation, and other so-called ‘fake news?’ What  should you watch out for ahead of the mid-term election, and how can you figure out what news is reliable?  -with librarians Lisa Pritchard, Donnell Probst, Joe Kohlburn, and Elizabeth Steffen.

Improve your Skills

Media Literacy Defined by NAMLE

Media literacy: the ability to ACCESS, ANALYZEEVALUATECREATE, and ACT using all forms of communication is interdisciplinary by nature. Media literacy represents a necessary, inevitable, and realistic response to the complex, ever-changing electronic environment and communication cornucopia that surround us.

To become a successful student, responsible citizen, productive worker, or competent and conscientious consumer, individuals need to develop expertise with the increasingly sophisticated information and entertainment media that address us on a multi-sensory level, affecting the way we think, feel, and behave.

Today’s information and entertainment technologies communicate to us through a powerful combination of words, images, and sounds. As such, we need to develop a wider set of literacy skills helping us to both comprehend the messages we receive and effectively utilize these tools to design and distribute our own messages. Being literate in a media age requires critical thinking skills that empower us as we make decisions, whether in the classroom, the living room, the workplace, the boardroom, or the voting booth. More...

Library Databases

Jefferson College Library has a variety of databases and print periodicals with content not freely available online. All on-campus visitors may utilize the magazine databases. Off-campus access is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff.


Special thanks to Jefferson College Librarians Donnell Probst, Elizabeth Steffen, and Joe Kohlburn. And, thanks to Lisa Iannucci, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Monmouth University, for permission to use her Media Literacy & Fake News LibGuide and some of the great resources she brought together--see Lisa's guide for an extensive list of resources about media literacy.

Government Information

Do you know about Jefferson College Library's Federal Depository Collection? We have been a Federal Depository Library helping to Keep America Informed since 1984. This means that we receive a small amount of important information from the federal government in print, are connected to the network of larger Federal Depository Libraries throughout the state and country, and have staff trained to help you with your government information needs. We have Presidential Papers, Supreme Court Decisions, the U.S. Code, Congressional Hearings, National Park and Historic Site information, and more in print. We can also connect you to authenticate government information online about a variety of topics: Veterans Affairs, Social Security , Education, Environment, Regulations, Legislation, and more. This collection gives our community the chance to consult primary sources from the federal government and read the information for itself. Contact Lisa Pritchard for more information: or 636-481-3160.

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