Evaluating Sources: SIFT Method
Determining if resources are credible is a challenging task.
We often ask “How can students get better at sorting truth from fiction from everything in between? How do we ensure they pay attention to the things that matter?”
This year, we are rolling out the SIFT method so students can ‘google’ more effectively when completing projects. Amy Hollingsworth, Teacher Librarian, recently presented to some of our Year 8 Humanities & Social Science students on the SIFT method as they head into completing assignments.
The four steps to the ‘SIFT’ method are:
It is important to ask whether you know and trust the author, publisher, publication, or website. If not, use the other fact-checking moves that follow to better understand what is being looked at.
2. Investigate the source
Knowing the expertise and agenda of the person who created the source is crucial to our interpretation of the information provided. This will determine its significance and trustworthiness.
3. Find better coverage
If the original source is questionable, find a better source to determine accuracy of claim. Most big, true news stories get covered by multiple major news outlets.