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ENG 151 - SIFT Method for Evaluating Sources

This guide explains how to use the SIFT Method for evaluating sources. SIFT stands for Stop, Investigate the claim, Find better coverage, and Trace back to the original source.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the ENG 151 information literacy unit, students will be able to:

  • Given a claim, be able to verify if it is true or not.
  • Given a source, determine if it is reliable and trustworthy.
  • Find the original source of a story, study, image, etc.
  • Find a better source on a topic and be able to explain why it is better.
  • Determine if a source is popular or scholarly.