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ENG 101 Composition - Andersen - Personal / Political Research Essay: Evaluating Websites - SIFT Method

Use S I F T to quickly check source credibility

SIFT means: STOP..., INVESTIGATE the source..., FIND better coverage..., and TRACE the original claim.

The guides on this page are all based on the work of Michael Caulfield's "Check, Please!" course at http://lessons.checkplease.cc. The text and media is licensed (for the most part) CC-BY, and free for reuse and revision. The authors ask that people copying materials from this course leave this note intact, so that students and instructors can find their way back to the original (periodically updated) version if necessary. 

STOP

Stop Sign

ALL OTHER SOURCES

How do you find "legitimate" sources in any other medium?  The SIFT method described here is quick and successful.  Watch these short videos and contact library staff if you have questions.

Investigate the Source

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Find Trustworthy Sites

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Trace to Original Context - Words

Video created by  Michael Caulfield's "Check, Please!" course at http://lessons.checkplease.cc.   From "Lesson Five: Trace Claims, Quotes, and Media to Their Original Context."

Trace to Original Context using Reverse Image Search

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