When researching online, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information available and simply use the first few pages that superficially seem official and relevant. However, with these simple tips, you can sift through the sources you find to determine which ones really are best, regardless of what PageRank, social media likes, or anyone else says.
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SIFT is a helpful acronym for initially evaluating source credibility. SIFT stands for:
Modified from Mike Caulfield's SIFT (Four Moves) and Rowan University's Evaluating Online Sources LibGuide
Later, when you determine that the site is worth your time, you can analyze the source's content more carefully.