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PSU1 Abington Library Orientation

Introduction to the Penn State Abington University Libraries: resources, services, and spaces

Evaluating Sources

Use these four moves when evaluating sources:

  • Stop when you come across a claim you want to evaluate
  • Investigate the Source of the claim
  • Find Better Coverage to see if you can verify the claim
  • Trace Claims, Quotes, and Media to the original sources

SIFT Infographic

SIFT Infographic by Mike Caulfield is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Pro Tip: Open a new tab in your browser and start Googling.  Wikipedia, LinkedIn, and Twitter are great places to check for an author's professional credentials or a website or publication's potential bias.  The big news outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, and Philadelphia Inquirer are also great sources. For health sources, look at what big research hospitals like CHOP, the Mayo Clinic, or the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting. You can also look up and confirm quotes or research findings that seem questionable or skewed. Do a Reverse Image Search to trace the origins and uses of a photo.