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Source Evaluation Techniques: SMELL


Source: Who is providing the information?

Motivation: Why are they telling me this?

Evidence. What evidence is provided for generalizations?

Logic: Do the facts logically compel the conclusions?

Left Out: What’s missing that might change our interpretation of the information?

Find out more about the SMELL Test.


McManus, John. (2013, February 7). Don’t be fooled: Use the SMELL test to separate fact from fiction online. MediaShift.

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