What is the SIFT method?
Watch the video below to learn more about how to use this evaluation method!
Source Evaluation Questions
As information becomes more complex, our evaluation questions must evolve!
Questions that ask if a source is “good” or “bad” – may not tell us the whole story of that source!
Does this webpage look professional? Are there spelling errors?
It is a .com or a .org?
Is there scientific language? Are there references?
Is these questions are no longer enough, what do we do when seeing a new source of information? Use the steps described in this guide to develop more holistic evaluation practices!
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