SIFT ( The Four Moves) is an evaluation method developed by digital literacy expert Michael Caulfield from the Washington State University Vancouver Canada, to help you learn to think like a fact-checker begin to sort fact from fiction and everything in between on the Web.
The SIFT strategy is quick and can be applied to evaluate various kinds of online content: Social media posts, memes, statistics, videos, images, news articles, scholarly articles, etc.
SIFT is a series of actions to take to do when you are trying to determined the credibility of a source you have found online. These " things to do" are called moves. There are four of them . The four moves: Stop, Investigate the sources, find better coverage, trace the original context.
The acronym you use to remember the action steps is SIFT
Adapted from SIFT:STOP,Investigate, FInd, Trace: What is SIFT? Wayne State University Library System
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