Here is a workbook you can use to track your SIFT actions + evaluation for sources/claims you want to use.
SAMPLE SIFT + PATS workbook entry (using a source from the tutorial):
Title of Source (Website, Journal, etc):
TikTok video about plastic in the ocean
After you Stopped, which action(s) did you perform?
Traced the Claim to the Original Source; then I Investigated that Source
Briefly describe what you found:
The claim that plastic will outweigh ocean life by 2050 comes from a PDF report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum called The New Plastics Economy. It is mostly about how we can try to be more renewable with our resources to eliminate plastic waste.
If the source is reliable enough to use, what aspects from the PATS table apply to you and why?
I decided to apply the credentials and intention from PATS. Neither Ellen MacArthur or the WEF are scientists. Ellen MacArthur does have lived expertise as an ocean sailor and work experience working for years now to make a more renewable world. The WEF attracts a lot of successful and famous personalities due to its annual meeting in Davos to discuss global issues. While this means it can have a big impact, its intentions could be skewed by the wealth and power of the attendees. I will find better coverage of the tragedy of plastic waste in the ocean so I don't have to cite this.
As you SIFT, check PATS
PATS is four simple words that contain multitudes. Instead of being overwhelmed and using PATS to its fullest on every source, use SIFT to identify reliable sources, then choose the items from the PATS tables that apply to your sources and help explain why a source is or isn't right for you.