Hari Sreenivasan on How to Use Lateral Reading for Fact Checking
Lateral Reading for Fact Checking
To get the full picture, you will verify what you read as you are reading it.
Fact checkers at news organizations use lateral reading - "hopping off an unfamiliar site almost immediately and investigating outside the site itself."
One reason digital sources are difficult to evaluate for bias is that the bias is often intentionally hidden, masking the true intent of the organization by making it appear more widespread or organic. (style.mla.org/lateral-reading)
Lateral Reading Takes Place Thru Google on the Web
Lateral reading includes:
Opening new tabs in a browser to research website authors or organizations
Looking for bias or messaging associated with organizations
Looking for hyperlinks or citations to other sources and organizations and researching the hyperlinked organizations/sources for bias
Locating several trusted sources to verify all information
For additional information about Fact Checking, see the Library's specialized guide. The following online resources can assist in checking facts and information for news reporting stories. This is a partial list of fact checking sites to get you started.