Credibility of sources and Documents

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Neutrality

This comes under the category Motive

This always strengthens (in rare cases can weaken).

The source has no known motive to lie or to distort what is being reported

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Vested Interest to Tell the Truth

This comes under the category Motive

This always strengthens 

A source has a motive, subconscious or concious, to report accurately because they will benefit in some way from the outcome

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Bias

This comes under the category Motive

Can strengthen or weaken

Is not a criterion that should be used often, can be in certain circumstances

A source's motive is not personaly gain, but to protect/ blame someone else or to support strongly held beliefs

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Vested Interest to Lie or Distort the Truth

This comes under the category Motive

This always weakens

A source has a motive, subconsious or concious, to lie, or to distort the truth because they will benefit in some way from the outcome

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Reputation

This comes under the category Motive

This can strengthen or weaken

Linked to the vested

Knowledge of a person's or organisation's past performance or character

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Ability to Observe

This comes under the category Perception

This can strengthen or weaken

An assessment of how much access a source has to what they can see/hear/experience etc. Also relates to a source's access to information

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Relevant Expertise

This comes under the category Perception

This can strengthen or weaken

This related to how much specialist knowledge a source has

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Credibility of Sources

Assessment of sources:

1 mark- Identify a relevant criterion and say whether it strengthens or weakens

1 mark- Explanation

1 mark- Link to the claim

When talking about one source with a claim

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Credibility of Documents

Assessment of Documents:

1 mark- Identify the relevant criterion and say whether it strengthens or weakens

1 mark- Reference to the text

1 mark- Assessment

When talking about a whole text

Always look at the main source of the text

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Final Question...credibility section

Here you need to assess the credibility for each side of the argument

1) assess the credibility using one criterion for 2/3 sources on one side of the dispute

2) assess the credibility using the same criterion for 2/3 sources on the other side of the dispute

3) Judgement is saying which side is more credible or are they both as credible or not credible as each other

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Final Question...plausabilty section

Here you need to assess the plausabilityfor each side of the argument (reasoning)

1) Assess the plausability of 2/3 reasons for one side of the dispute

2) Assess the plausability of 2/3 reasons for the other side of the dispute

3) Judgement is saying which side has the best reasoning for the argument itself

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