How do i structure a 'How reliable is source...' Question? Help Please

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    I'm unsure of the best way to structure this question. At GCSE level I got told to use COP (Content, Origin, Purpose) and have now been told not to use this. What is the best way to gain full marks. PLEASE REPLY

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    (Original post by Danny Dorito)

    I'm assuming this is A Level History,

    I've got a year of AS level experience writing these and my teachers have been great about helping us structuring it.

    The easiest way to do this is by dividing it into three chunks: source A, Source B and comparison. Once you have done this divide the source sections into provenance (part a) then content and context(part b). Make sure you are mentioning whether the source is partisan (biased) and relate it to prior knowledge. This has always worked and resulted in good grades for me so I hope this helps you!
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    Hi how do i move the question?
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    Thank all for the help will use this advice for my next source question.

    Everyone has their methods and despite what someone (usually a teacher) says there's no correct method.

    The biggest points to remember though are:
    Don't have a one sided argument. Nothing is this black and white. Everything you write should be a comparison. It's good because... It's bad because...

    Back everything up. Unless you're asked for an opinion make sure what you're writing can be backed up. It's perfectly alright to put "I think that..." providing you can explain why you think it. I think this source is reliable because it performed the experiment multiple times and got similar results for example.

    Balance and structure your argument. This goes back to the first point a little. Try to link similar points together. Equally putting contrasting points together can have a good effect. Don't just throw some points on the page.
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