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Fake News and Information Literacy

A guide to help you be a better consumer of news.

Lateral Reading

When evaluating a source found on the web, don't just look at the source. There are sites that may look very professional and credible that are actually promoting a certain agenda or viewpoint. If you are unfamiliar with the source, it is always a good idea to open a new tab and do a web search on the source and/or the organization that is providing it.  This is what is called "lateral" reading.

This short, online video from Mike Caulfield at Washington State University provides a good introduction:

Online Verification Skills -- Video 1: Introductory Video

There are 3 more short videos in this series, all with useful tips:

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