Searching for any information on the internet can be an adventure, but this can be especially true when investigating social phenomena and their relation to power. Evaluating the authority, usefulness, and reliability of the information you find is a crucial step in the research process. This page provides tips for evaluating sources for relevance, reliability, and usefulness.
This video (3.5 minutes) from University of Louisville Libraries Citizen Literacy Project describes the practice of "lateral reading," a strategy used by professional fact-checkers to investigate the reliability of online sources.
Working in small groups, you will examine a source and consider (1) how you would evaluate its credibility and/or usefulness for your essay and (2) how you would use it as evidence of a real-world language phenomenon.
(Note: You do not have to read the entire article word for word!)
Imagine that you are exploring the origins and potency of the viral nickname "Karen." You've come across the following piece:
Lewis, Helen. "The Mythology of Karen." The Atlantic, 19 August 2020, https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/08/karen-meme-coronavirus/615355/
Consider and respond to the following prompts on Padlet as you evaluate the source: