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Title of your proposal[edit]

Teach learners how to use lateral reading (which relies heavily on Wikipedia) combined with the CRAAP test to vet information sources

Name(s) and/or username(s)[edit]

Laurie Bridges User:Bridges2Information
Oregon State University, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Professor


  • Tutorials and Training for Classroom Instruction

Type of submission (Please choose one)[edit]

  • Individual Presentations (15 minutes)

Keywords and hashtags[edit]

#LateralReading #InformationLiteracy #CRAAPTest #UniversityStudents


As a librarian at Oregon State University I sometimes use a lateral reading exercise coupled with the CRAAP test to provide students with a clear method for vetting information sources. In this short session I will demonstrate the exercise. I will briefly explain the practice of lateral reading, then distribute a paper copy of the CRAAP test and explain how to use it for the purposes of the exercise, and finally distribute a link to a news article. We will then work through the activity as a group.

Expected outcomes[edit]

  • Participants will have hands-on experience using lateral reading and the CRAAP test to vet a news article.
  • Participants will leave with a lesson plan and activity that they can implement with their community of learners.
  • Some participants will be motivated to create and improve Wikipedia articles about newspapers and other information sources.

Duration (without Q&A)[edit]

15 minutes

Specific requirements[edit]

Participants will need access to wifi. I will need to project a slideshow.

Interested attendees (Please add yourself, and you may indicate your questions to the presenter).[edit]

  1. Ngostary2k (talk) 23:18, 11 June 2022 (UTC) I am interested in using Wikipedia in my class. I wish to find out the best way of integrating Wikipedia in my class.[reply]
  2. Obuezie (talk) 18:10, 13 June 2022 (UTC) Interested in this topic for practical use and implementation.[reply]
  3. AfricanLibrarian (talk) 19:33, 14 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Omorodion1 (talk)
  5. sometimes I help out with first-year writing library instruction in my library--this sounds like the perfect things for it Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 16:54, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    This year I was tasked with training all incoming graduate students who teach writing to incoming first-year students, basically train-the-trainer, and I demonstrated this method for the graduate students. Bridges2Information (talk) 20:47, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  6. EriedgenArc (talk) 12:14, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Matthewvetter (talk) 14:48, 24 June 2022 (UTC) Very interested and have written a little about Wikipedia and lateral reading/ethical assemblages. Connects well with my own proposal too.[reply]
    @MatthewvetterNow I have to ask. What is an "ethical assemblage"? Bridges2Information (talk) 06:22, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    This is a term I use to describe how credibility (or "ethos) is constructed by multiple actors/agents in Wikipedia. ; ) Talk more about it in Ireland? Matthewvetter (talk) 13:20, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]