How to cross reference 20 and 40 mark question?

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I am doing AS History about British Raj and I don't understand how to cross reference sources and what to do can anybody explain?

Posted Tue 12th March, 2013 @ 20:26 by Ronak

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I done AS History about Women, I know it's not the same, but I am assuming it's a similar question - with the three sources and you answer a 20 mark and get the choice of the 40 mark. Basically, I was always taught this structure (ignoring your introduction and conclusion).

  • Briefly outline the main source in the question (eg: If the question says source W claims this, how far does source X and Y agree with this - outline source W). Explain what the source is saying in relation to the question. 
  • Next talk about the source that agrees most with this, (eg: Source X might have aspects agreeing and going against source W, explain how it supports the views shown in source W: using quotes from source X and what quotes it might support in source W). 
  • Then talk about source Y and why it strongly disagrees with source W (eg: using quotes from both sources and how these show opposing views). A little thing which might relieve you, I have done two of these exams now and there always seems to be a clear message in each source, there will usually be one strongly agreeing and one which strongly disagrees. 
  • Finally, you say how source Y and source X agree and disagree with each other again using quotes and linking it back to the question (if there is a point both Y and X agree on which is going against that view of source W; you can say it's evidence against what the question is saying). 

I am a student also, so I don't know if there are any teachers who can explain it easier. Obviously, that's for a 20 mark question for a 40 mark you just have to do it in more detail but it's basically the key points. I hope this helps and if you want to ask me any more questions you can contact me, again sorry I couldn't put it into context as I done women! :-)

Answered Tue 12th March, 2013 @ 23:05 by Lauren