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The Research Process

Use lateral reading to reduce bias and verify credibility 


Cross check information from one source and find out what other similar sources say about the topic. Ask:

  • Does it pass a trustworthiness test?

  • Do other sources substantiate the claims? 

  • What is the "big picture view?"

  • Where did the information originate? 

  • Who is the author? 

  • What are its strengths or limitations? 


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Citizen Literacy was created by Robert Detmering, Amber Willenborg, and Terri Holtze for University of Louisville Libraries.