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What Do Others Say about the Source? (also known as Lateral Reading)

Open new browser tabs and search for information from reputable sources to learn more about a source's background, purpose, funding, reputation, and biases.

Search for the name of the organization and/or person who originally published the claim.

Besides searching Google, you can also search reputable, credible news sources include the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times
As  NOVA students, you get free access to those sources, and thousands of additional credible sources, through the online collections listed below.

Search Tip:  Put quotation marks around the name of the organization you're searching for to ensure it's searched as a phrase (e.g., "American Heart Association").