Hints and Tips for Examining Sources


Hints and Tips for Examining Sources

  • Content - What information can you get directly from the source and its caption.
  • Nature - What type of source is it - a diary entry, cartoon, newspaper article?
  • Origins - The caption should tell you who produced the source and when.
  • Purpose - The reason the source was created.
  • Selection - What has the author/artist chosen to include? What have they chosen to left out?
  • Language - The language should give you clues about whether they are biased or unreliable.
  • Bias - A source is still useful even if you think it is biased.
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