SIFT is a source evaluation tool for determining the credibility of online sources. You can go through the steps of SIFT as you look at sources to include in your literature. Remember that good research takes practice, so if you need help evaluating sources, contact your librarian for help!
If you don't know about the source or generally accepted facts in the topic, then move on the following steps to figure out if the source and/or the claim/headline/report is trustworthy and factual.
Credible sources are sources that are reliable and offer information that most people can assume to be true or trustworthy. Usually, credible sources:
Academic or scholarly sources are the most credible sources. They are written by instructors, other researchers, professors, and experts in that discipline. They usually have more complicated language and provide references or other sources they use to support their topic in the form of citations. Academic sources can most easily be found in library databases than on the internet.
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