Analysis of Sources

Royer, LN. (1899). Vercingetorix Throws Down His Arms at the Feet of Julius Caesar.
Royer, LN. (1899). Vercingetorix Throws Down His Arms at the Feet of Julius Caesar. Public Domain. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Siege-alesia-vercingetorix-jules-cesar.jpg

When using sources for evidence, you need to be able to demonstrate your knowledge of them by identifying their historical background. To do this, you need to analyse your sources.

 

SOURCE ANALYSIS SKILLS

 

The analysis of sources demonstrates that you know who created each source, why they were made and at what point in history they were created. Knowing this information allows you to make an informed evaluation of the sources you have used.

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What’s the Difference Between Source Analysis and Evaluation?

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Analysis  Information

What is the explicit meaning of the source? (Comprehension)

What is the implicit meaning of the source? (Interpretation)

How does this source corroborate the information from another source?

How does this source contradict the information from another source?

 

Origin

 

Who created the source? 

What kind and type of source is it?

 

Perspective

 

From what point of view is the source created? 

 

Context

 

When was the source created?

What historical events happened at this time that are important to the creation of this source?

 

Audience

 

Who was the intended audience of the source?

 

Motive

 

For what purpose was this source made?