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Evaluating Online Information and Resources: What is Lateral Reading?


"Lateral Reading is a strategy used for investigating who is behind an unfamiliar online source by leaving the webpage and opening a new browser tab(s) to see what trusted websites say about the unknown source. It is the act of evaluating the credibility of one source by comparing it with others."

Sort Fact from Fiction Online with Lateral Reading - Stanford History Education Group


Is Teaching Them to Read Like Fact Checkers the Solution?

The idea of Lateral Reading is new to some, but to others is has always been second nature.

The attached article from the Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the results of some evaluating and fact checking habits of librarians, educators, researchers, journalists and fact checkers. What do you think they found? 

The Quick and Dirty

Lateral Reading is Active Researching!

What's wrong with checklists like CRAAP, CRAP, SIFT...?

Check lists like CRAAP have been utilized by librarians and educators for decades. Checklists encourage us to look at the site we are using without going any deeper or broader.

We are expecting to stare at the site and for it to finally reveal its secrets to us like a stereogram. 

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