With so much information online, how are you supposed to sift through it all to find the good stuff? Aha, this question just answered its own question: The SIFT method provides a short list of things to do when evaluating a source.1
Navigating Online Information
On the internet, it can be difficult to distinguish credible information sources from false or misleading sources. SIFT is the acronym for a set of techniques that will become second nature when initially looking for sources. Using the SIFT method will help develop an internal dialogue when searching. In fact, you could already be doing this. This is an important skill to develop because it has real-world applicability beyond University - for life and the world you live in.
This link is for a blog post written by web literacy expert, Mike Caulfield, the developer of the SIFT techniques. This post quickly and comprehensively explains the SIFT method. Make sure to put this securely in your toolkit, as it helps with University and with life!
Evaluating Online Sources - Lateral Reading
Lateral reading is part of the SIFT process and it's a technique used by fact-checkers. Lateral reading involves stepping outside of the website you are looking at and investigating what you are reading at the same time you are reading it. This video explains lateral reading.