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ENG151 - SIFT Method Guide - Amy

Practice Using the SIFT Method

  • Evaluate using the SIFT Method the source that corresponds to your group number
  • Access the Source
  • Use the questions to help guide you
  • Determine if this is a reliable source to use and for what purpose- College research, personal use, to share?
  • Share your thoughts and findings about the source on this Padlet.
  • Pick one person from your group to be a spokesperson. 

Source #1

People older than 65 share the most fake news, a new study finds

  • What can you find out about the source- The Verge?
  • What can you find out about the author- Casey Newton? 
  • Can you verify the claim?
  • Do other, possibly better sources, also cover this story?
  • Can you find the original study?
  • Does the article accurately represent the study?
  • How would you evaluate the study versus the article in the Verge? Would you use different criteria? Why?

Source #2

Another Reason to Get the Flu Shot, Study Finds it May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's

  • What can you find out about the source Healthline?
  • What can you find out about the author Julia Ries?
  • Do other, possibly better sources, also cover this story?
  • Is their consensus on this claim?
  • Is this a primary or secondary source? How do you know?
  • Can you find the original studies?
  • Does the article accurately represent those studies?

 

Source #3

Big Gap Between Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Seen for Preventing COVID Hospitalizations

  • What can you find out about the source- L.A. Times?
  • What can you find out about the authors - Melissa Healy and Amina Khan?
  • Can you verify the claim?
  • Is this a popular or scholarly source? How do you know?
  • Do other sources cover the same story? What is the consensus?
  • Can you find the original report the story refers to?
  • Does the article accurately represent the report?

Source #4

Do We Live in a Simulation?

  • What can you find out about the source- Scientific American?
  • What can you find out about the author- Anil Ananthaswamy?
  • What do other sources say on this topic? Is there consensus?
  • Are there better sources on this topic?
  • Is this a scholarly or popular source? How do you know?
  • Can you find the paper the article is based on?

Source #5

Is There Another 'You' Out There In a Parallel Universe?

  • What can you find out about the source- Forbes?
  • What can you find out about the author- Ethan Siegel?
  • What do other sources say about this topic? Is there consensus?
  • Is this a popular or scholarly source? How do you know?
  • What (if any) would be a better source on this topic?

Source #6

CDC Approves Pfizer Booster Shots: Guidelines on Who's Eligible, Vaccine Availability

  • What can you find out about the source- C-Net?
  • What can you find out about the author- Clifford Colby
  • Does the article seem biased or fair and balanced? Give reasons for your choice.
  • Does this source cite its sources of information?
  • Do other sources cover this story and is there consensus among them?
  • What better sources might you use for information on this topic?
  • Is this a secondary or primary source?