Infographic source: Joanna Novick, Milton Academy milton.edu/lateralreading
What is reading laterally? Evaluate a source by reading about it on other, trustworthy sites.
How is your source viewed by others? Combining the information from your various searches should give you a good idea of how this website is viewed and, therefore, whether it is reliable.
The point is to look outside of the website, do not rely on how the website describes itself (such as “about us” page).
Lateral reading includes:
For more information see Stanford University's Lateral Reading and Civic Online Reasoning resources.
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.
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