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ART: Fact checking with SIFT

An introduction to research for University of Redlands students

Learning objective

  • Use the SIFT method to evaluate the credibility of online sources.

Question to Consider

  • What factors cause you to trust, or distrust, information that you find online?

Activity: Evaluating online information using SIFT

Photo of Mike Caulfield speaking into a microphone

The SIFT method is a process to determine whether you can trust information you find online. It was developed by Mike Caulfield, director of the Digital Polarization Initiative and an instructor at Washington State University - Vancouver.

There are four steps to this process:

  • Stop
  • Investigate the source
  • Find better coverage
  • Trace claims, media and coverage back to the original context

Let's learn how to use the SIFT method through this interactive tutorial.

"ETUG-Fall17-IMG_3122" by BCcampus_News is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Key point

  • You can use the SIFT method to fact-check online claims by investigating the claim, tracking it back to the original source, and finding better sources that verify the claim.