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Fake News and Media Literacy

Resources and strategies for becoming media literate.

Media Literacy Skill: Lateral Reading


Lateral Reading

Investigate the authors of the online information and why they wrote it by reading beyond the current page.  Open a new tab in your browser and conduct an internet search on the authors, the evidence for their claims, and what others have said about them.  You can also search on fact-checking websites (see list on previous page) or use reliable news sources available to you through the DCCC Learning Commons (see the Accessing Reliable News page in this guide).

Learn more about lateral reading:

Crash Course. (2019, January 22). Check yourself with lateral reading: Crash Course Navigating Digital Information #3.  [Video]. YouTube.