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As online content’s credibility has gotten harder and harder to evaluate, librarians and other educators have been growing their strategies for teaching online source evaluation. One of those strategies is “lateral reading,” the practice of quickly evaluating a web source by seeing what others on the web say about that source. On the surface, lateral reading is quite simple. However, effective lateral reading often requires complex thinking. How will you search for information about a source? Which search results will you click on and how will you evaluate those sources? How will you decide what you trust and to what degree you trust it? In this session, two academic librarians will share about their experiences and lessons learned over their past four years of teaching lateral reading to undergraduate students and fellow educators. Participants will have the opportunity to practice lateral reading and to reflect on their related experiences.

Presented at LibraryLink NJ Literacy Conference