Let's take a look at how you read laterally.
In this example, you are researching renewable energy and climate change, and you come across this source from The Heartland Institue: "Research & Commentary: U.S. Transition to 100 Percent Renewa"ble Energy ‘Would Lead to Catastrophe’"
Is this a good source? Would you use it for your paper? If you read laterally, you can easily find out!
Let's see an example of how this source can be evaluated by using lateral reading. In the box below, scroll through the slides by clicking the arrows on either side. You can go forwards or backwards.
So, what did we find out? We found out this think tank actively discredits climate change, and in fact, they have a record of discrediting scientifically proven claims such as secondhand smoke. In under a minute, we learned that The Heartland Institute is not worth using for our paper. Would you have come up with the same conclusion by ONLY looking at The Heartland Institute's site? It's possible, but it's much more efficient to read laterally!