You’re working on a research assignment, and you need to find some reliable sources to develop a thesis. You find some resources online that seem like they’ll be perfect for your assignment, but are they trustworthy?
There are several reasons you'll want to evaluate your sources before including them in your assignments.
SIFT stands for stop, investigate, find, and trace.
This process is designed to be super quick (a few minutes or so, as compared to the more in-depth evaluation in the CRAAP method). This will help you quickly decide if the source is worth further evaluation using the CRAAP test.
Enable you to determine if you should invest more time in the source
Be a useful strategy for everyday life (should you believe or share stuff you find online) and for academic research.
Learn more about the SIFT method here.
CRAAP stands for currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose. This test is helpful in supplementing the SIFT method, as it will give you a more in-depth evaluation of the source.
A few important things to note:
It will help you determine whether you should include a source in your research or not.
It should not be used as a checklist, but rather as a way of interrogating a source, to evaluate its usefulness,
Learn more about the CRAAP test here.
Here’s a helpful way to think about these two methods: SIFT is meant to help you make a quick decision about whether to spend time doing a more comprehensive evaluation. The CRAAP test will help you do that in-depth evaluation before you use the resource in your research.
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