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    Can someone give tips on how to analyse the source? For example what criteria (accuracy, complete etc) and how to get the best structure?
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    I'm currently studying A level history.

    Some things to consider:

    ~ Is the source supported/contradicted by other sources? Or, more obliquely, do other sources give information that makes the information given in the source you're looking at more or less likely to be true/other appropriate adjective?

    ~ Who produced it? Might they have had reasons for exaggerating/underplaying key info? What do you know about their characters/principles/upbringing/influences that might give you an angle on their POV?

    ~ When and why was the source produced? What type of source is it (e.g. official document, opinionated newspaper article, political cartoon, historical essay)? How would this affect how you look at the source?

    ~ Misleading or inaccurate information DOES NOT MEAN that the source is not useful. It can tell you a lot about what the authorities wanted people to think, for example, and can be cross-referenced to demonstrate, say, the extent of the deception that took place. (Hypothetical, and so general, esp. as I'm not doing your subject.)

    ~ Take into account cultural and time differences. The extent to which British society's mindset has changed since the 9th century (my current study period) is mind-blowing and really affects how you interpret the sources. For example, some historians think that Asser's Life of King Alfred was created to boost Alfred's reputation; however, the concept of propaganda certainly wasn't developed nearly as much as it is today.

    Hope that helps!
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    That helps so much!! Thank you
 
 
 
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