Use the technique of Lateral Reading to Validate Claims and Sources
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Ask yourself whether you know and trust the author, publisher, publication, or website.
When investigating a source, fact-checkers read “laterally” across many websites, rather than digging deep (reading “vertically”) into the one source they are evaluating.
What if the source you find is low-quality, or you can’t determine if it is reliable or not?
What if you feel uncertain about the "full story" of a fact or claim, or you suspect someone might want to mislead you (as when controversial issues are presented)?
Source: "Using the C.R.A.P. Test to Evaluate Websites" by Portland State University Library, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.This video explains the C.R.A.P. test and then uses it to evaluate three websites on the topic of performance enhancing drugs in sports.
Source: "Research 101: Credibility is Contextual" by Anna Eisen, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.Learn about how credibility depends on many factors including the author, audience and purpose.