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WRT 101 (Rhetoric) - M. Young: SIFT Method

Learn how to identify appropriate articles and evaluate them

The S.I.F.T. Method - Online Verification Skills (Mike Caufield)

Mike Caulfield, Washington State University digital literacy expert, has helpfully condensed key fact-checking strategies into a short list of four moves, or things to do to quickly make a decision about whether or not a source is worthy of your attention. It is referred to as the “SIFT” method:

SIFT Method (Stop, Investigate, Find the original source, use Trusted source)                        

Video: Introductory Video

       SIFT icon for "stop" shows hand over stop sign


Video: Investigate the Source

       SIFT icon for "Investigate" shows a magnifying glass

         Investigate the Source

Video: Find the Original

SIFT icon for Trace Claims shows 3 dots narrowing down to one dot
FIND the original source

Video: Look for Trusted Work

      SIFT icon for Find Better Coverage shows a check mark             use Trusted sources

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