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BIZ 1201: Ethical Leadership

The 5 Ws

The 5 Ws is meant to be an easy way to remember what elements to assess when evaluating a source. It is not a checklist. The other methods listed on this page, the SIFT Method and Lateral Reading, can be used in conjunction with the 5 Ws to thoroughly evaluate a source.

5 Ws by Heather Crozier

The SIFT Method & Lateral Reading


Lateral Reading

Lateral Reading Read ABOUT the source, not just what the source tells you about itself. Open a new tab and search for additional information. What do others say about it? Is this the original source for the article?  If not, find the original! Plus use the 5 Ws to evaluate the content



Lateral reading is a method of investigating the source. It means that you don't rely only on the source you're evaluating, but branch out to use other resources like Wikipedia or using a search engine to find more information on the source itself. 

The videos below demonstrate lateral reading.