Accuracy

Cyrus Cylinder. (c. 530 BC). British Museum, Item No. ME 90920.
Cyrus Cylinder. (c. 530 BC). British Museum, Item No. ME 90920. Source: www.britishmuseum.org

Accuracy is the assessment that the information provided in a source is likely to be correct.

 

Since it is almost impossible to be 100% certain of a source’s accuracy, your answer needs to talk in terms of the ‘degree of potential accuracy’:

 

Extremely - Very – Somewhat – Rarely – Not very

 

To assess the accuracy of a source, ask questions like:

  • Was the creator of the source present at the time of the event?

  • Is the information corroborated by other reliable sources?

  • Are there clues of bias in the source that may suggest it may be inaccurate?

Demonstrating source accuracy in your writing:

 

There may be some doubt about the accuracy of the source because it is a modern website that lacks the author’s credentials and, as a result, it is difficult to know if the information provided is wholly correct.

 

This journal article appears to be very accurate because Anderson is a Cambridge military historian and has been studying Roman army tactics for thirty years.