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SIFT - A Method for Evaluating Online Information: S- STOP


The first move is the simplest. 


STOP reminds you of two things:

  1. If you STOP before you start reading content, you’re able to ask yourself if you trust the website or the source of information. Don’t read it or share it until you know what it is.
  2. Further on, you may have to STOP again to remind yourself what your goal is. Adjust your strategy if it isn't working. Make sure you approach the problem at the right amount of depth for your purpose.




Questions to Ask Yourself:

What kind of content is this?

Who wrote or created it?

When was it published?

Who published it?


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