Evaluation of Sources

Attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, 11th September 2001.
Attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, 11th September 2001. Source: http://worldpittsburgh.wordpress.com

Once you have successfully analysed your sources, you have enough information to start evaluating how useful your sources are. The ability to evaluate a source is central to being a great history student. A careful examination of sources allows you to decide on their relevance, reliability, representativeness and accuracy. Your opinion on these things allows you to explain the worth of your sources.

 

SOURCE EVALUATION SKILLS

 

You need to use your source evaluation within your written arguments, overtly or subtly. You do not need to write a lot in order to do this. It is possible to show sophisticated evaluation through only a few well-chosen words. The ability to seamlessly incorporate your evaluation into your writing, without sounding too long-winded or disjointed, will improve your results.