Search outside of the original source for information on both the author and publisher (name of website).
Author Search: can you find out if the author:
Holds relevant credentials
Demonstrates relevant expertise
Demonstrates a professional track record of journalistic integrity
Publisher Search: can you find out if the publisher/ website:
Has a editorial or journalistic standards policy
Clearly labels corrections and other content changes
Acknowledges and manages potential biases or conflicts of interest
If you are satisfied with the results of the above, then:
Scan the article to check for quality markers like
Is it free from obvious or distracting spelling and grammar errors?
Does the author link out to or cite relevant sources when appropriate?
Is the language professional?
Lateral Reading/ Web Evaluation- Directions
Evaluate your assigned website by filling out the web evaluation form. Think about if your site is appropriate for doing college level research on how people learn. Be prepared to give a short overview of your site and why or why not you would recommend its use.
You will have about 10 minutes to complete this activity.
We will discuss this as a group, so be prepared to share (in chat or unmute.)