Evaluating the information you come across is vitally important, whether for academic or personal purposes. Your life might depend on it.
S.I.F.T., a method developed by Mike Caulfield, provides 4 moves (things to do) to determine how good your source is.
STOP - pause and ask yourself if you recognize the source of the information or if you know anything about what the source is claiming.
Investigate the source - take a few minutes to see if you can figure out where the information in the sources comes from. In other words, is an expert providing the information.
Find better or other information - what are other sources saying about the information? Try some of these options:
Trace back to the source to see the original context - try to find the original source of the information you found. Use trusted sources to examine the claims made in things you find on the web.
Check out the short videos in the boxes below for how S.I.F.T. works.
Investigate the Source
The videos below show you how to investigate the source of information
The video below shows you how to check the expertise or reputation of an organization or person
Trace Claims to the Original Source
The videos below show you how to trace a claim back to the original source of information