SIFT

How to Evaluate Information Found Online

Test your Online Verification Skills by taking the Should You Share It? Quiz

How-to-know-what-to-trust-DIGITAL_092320.pdf
NNLW22-IsItLegit_infographic.pdf
Misinfo_inBrief_NNLW.pdf
Eight-Tips-to-Google-Like-a-Pro_2021_FINALVERSION.pdf

Mike Caulfield, developer of SIFT, explains the importance of knowing how to verify information online.

STOP

  • Check your emotions

  • Practice click restraint

  • Do you recognize this source?

INVESTIGATE the source

  • What is the source's expertise, agenda?

  • Use lateral reading skills to determine this

  • Use the "Wikipedia trick"

FIND trusted Coverage

  • Do some lateral reading

  • Compare information across different sources

  • Is there a consensus?

TRACE claims, quotes, and media back to the original context.

  • What's the original context?

  • Find the original story

  • Reverse Image Search

From Mike Caulfield's SIFT (Four Moves) with modifications, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.