Whats the best way to answer a "how reliable" and "why is source e unreliable compared to d" type of questions?

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I'm having trouble trying to answer these types of questions. I've seen them on past papers for the British Depth study exams and have tried to answer questions like these without success! If anyone could help me with their way of going about questions like this. Thanks!

Posted Tue 27th March, 2012 @ 19:47 by Trish

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Who is the creator of the source - could this cause bias?

-eg. if the source is written by a British officer in some war, it is unlikely to criticise the war and may not be completely true, as the officer will want to make the situation seem better than it is.

When was it written - views on subjects change over time, and a certain periods of history there is censorship.

-eg. after the crimean war, florence nightingale was romanticised in biography's and such as the lady with the lamp, but more recently it has been realised that she wasn't what she's been made out to be.

Is it propaganda?

-obviously if it is propaganda then it is completely biased, but still may be useful

What is the aim of the source, is it informative or opinionated, personal or public.

-Some sources are objective, but some, even if subtly, have an underlying agenda. Also if the source is personal, such as a private letter, it is likely to be much more reliable than a public speech.

Context, a quote or extract may be taken out of its original context.

Is it a primary or secondary source

Hope that helps.

Answered Sat 7th April, 2012 @ 01:27 by Former Member
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We use PRUCK at school;

P - Provenance [who wrote it, purpose, fiction or fact etc..]

R - Reliability 

U - Usefulness [no source is useless]

C - Cross Reference [any sources back it up or show a differing view point]

K - (own) Knowledge [does your own knowledge support the source?]

Hope that helps!

Answered Tue 10th April, 2012 @ 14:35 by Shivani Kotecha