SIFT stands for
INVESTIGATE THE SOURCE
FIND TRUSTED COVERAGE
TRACE BACK TO THE ORIGINAL
This is a quick and simple approach that can be applied to all sorts of sources, from scholarly articles to social media posts to memes, that will help you judge the quality of the information you're looking at. It gives you things to do, specifically, four moves you should make, whenever you find a piece of information you want to use or share.
SIFT was designed by Mike Caulfield, an expert in digital literacy, and based on research he and others have done in how people consume and think about media.
SIFT is an additional set of skills to use alongside the "checklist" of evaluating sources you might have already learned.
Here are some questions you might have already been taught to answer when you look at a website:
However, in today's information ecosystem, these questions are not enough to determine whether or not you should use a source because:
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