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USD Information Literacy Lessons  

The broad focus of these lessons is understanding sources of information, including examples that can help you learn how to access information sources at USD. Each lesson is dedicated to a specific element of information competency.
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Overview of Internet Use

There are 2,000,000 new Internet users in the U.S. every month.

  • August 2000: 116.5 million (44.5% of the population)
  • September 2001: 143 million (53.9 % of the population)
  • Lower-income individuals increased by 25%, higher-income individuals by 11%
    Young adults (age 18-24) with more education use the Internet more.
  • Attending school/college: 85%
  • Not in school: 51.5%
    Source: A Nation Online: How Americans Are Expanding Their Use of the Internet. Telecommunications and Information Administration. Feb. 2002. http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/dn/index.html. 2 Mar. 2002.


E-mail and web searching are the most common uses of the Internet at home.

Of children using the Internet at home…

  • 73% use e-mail
  • 68% do research on the Web

Of adults using the Internet at home…

  • 88% use e-mail
  • 64% do research on the Web
    The Internet is a major source of news and other information
  • 1 in 5 adults use the Internet at home to check on news, weather, or sports
  • 1 in 4 adults use the Internet at home to find information on business, health practices, or government services

Source: U.S. Census Bureau. Home Computers and Internet Use in the United States: August 2000. Washington, DC: U.S. Census Bureau, 2001.

 

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