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Evaluate These Sources

Use the SIFT Method to investigate the source, trace back one quote or claim or find another source for a claim.

Try the CRAAP Method to see how it fares against the checklist.

Would you use this source for a post-secondary assignment?

SIFT Method for Information Evaluation

SIFT Information Evaluation Habits

  • Stop

  • Investigate the Source

  • Trace Claims, Quotes and Media to the Original Context

  • Find Other Coverage

Mike Caulfield, research scientist at the University of Washington, developped the SIFT  method. Check out his blog for more info on SIFT 

The CRAAP Test

Things to consider when evaluating information:

Currency: The timeliness of the information.

Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.

Authority: The source of the information.

Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.

Purpose: The reason the information exists.

adapted from Meriam Library, California State University, Chico

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