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Lateral Reading

Lateral Reading

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What is Lateral Reading?

Lateral reading means that you are checking for accuracy as you read

What does this look like?

  • Finding background information on the source of what you are reading
  • Verifying that other articles are saying the same thing

Here are some questions to ask from the News Literacy Project:

  • Who funds or sponsors the site where the original piece was published? What do other authoritative sources have to say about that site?
  • When you do a search on the topic of the original piece, are the initial results from fact-checking organizations?
  • Have questions been raised about other articles the author has written?
  • Does what you’re finding elsewhere contradict the original piece?
  • Are credible news outlets reporting on (or perhaps more important, not reporting on) what you’re reading?


Lateral Reading (U of L, ~3:30min)