The SIFT Method is one way to evaluate information. This method works well for online formats and popular sources.
Click through the tabs on this box to learn more about each of the four steps.
This first step asks you to pause for a moment before automatically trusting a source and accepting it as true. Don't share it or use it for your research until you know more.
This step asks you to investigate the source or the claim being made. Become a fact checker and read laterally. Go outside the source to learn what other sources say about it.
Start by researching the author and the organization.
This step asks you to find better coverage of the source or claim. It can help you determine if you have the best source for your information need.
Good information should link to, name, or cite their sources.
These can also be altered, taken out of context, or misrepresented.