Lateral reading is another method for evaluating online information.
Instead of staying with one website or article, you might need to jump around a bit. Open multiple tabs in your browser to follow links found within the source and do supplemental searches on names, organizations or topics you find. These additional perspectives will help you to evaluate the original article and can end up saving you time.
Things to remember:
Want to see what others are saying about an organization? Do a Google search for the "organization name" -site:URL to retrieve information about the organization from places other than its own website. This does not exclude, however, facebook, instagram, or youtube pages the organization might also maintain.
ex. "American Rivers" -site:americanrivers.org
ex. "center for environmental law and policy" -site:www.celp.org/ [In this instance, also include -yale so that you don't retrieve information about the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy.]
Wineburg, Sam and McGrew, Sarah. Lateral Reading: Reading Less and Learning More When Evaluating Digital Information (October 6, 2017). Stanford History Education Group Working Paper No. 2017-A1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3048994