SIFT is a method you can use to evaluate information you see in social media, the news, and online to help you differentiate between factual news and misinformation, disinformation, and mal-information. This Infographic shows the steps of SIFT: Stop, investigate the source, find trusted coverage, trace claims, quotes and media to the original context.
We'll go more in-depth with each step using the individual links to pages on the upper left-hand side. But for now, here are the steps, with links to the pages. You can use this as a table of contents to navigate through the different steps.
The CRAAP test is an evaluation tool used for many years. Recent criticism questions its effectiveness against evaluating content with misinformation. SIFT is a horizontal search (including lateral reading to find context), while CRAAP is more of a vertical search of a single website.
Source: Blakeslee, S. (2004) "The CRAAP Test," LOEX Quarterly: (31) 3.https://commons.emich.edu/loexquarterly/vol31/iss3/4
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