Chapter 4: Evaluating information

Learning objectives

After completing this chapter, you should be able to …

  • identify key reasons for evaluating information sources,
  • apply the four moves of SIFT to evaluate sources, both in an academic and personal contexts,
  • implement steps to investigate the background, reputation, and biases of a source,
  • recognize when and how to learn more about a topic, author, or event by searching for additional sources, and
  • understand the structure of a scholarly article and how that can inform your evaluation process.



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