When you see an interesting article online, pause and think about where it comes from--do you know and trust the website or source of information? Don't read the claims in the article or share it to social media (or your research paper!) until you know more about the source.
In order to investigate the source, we need to leave that source and figure out what others have said about it. This is called lateral reading--researching about a source across other websites and publications.
The Wikipedia Trick
This video shows how to use Wikipedia to efficiently learn more about sources and claims (this video clip starts halfway through the full video)
Find out what other sources say about a website:
Search for a claim on a fact-checking website:
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