How reliable is this source?

  • Describes the source content or provenance [1 mark]

  • Explains whether the source is reliable or not based on simple use of its provenance and/or content [2-4 marks]

  • Explains whether the source is reliable or not by EVALUATING its key argument by cross-referencing to other sources [5-6 marks]

  • Explains whether the source is reliable or not by EVALUATING its key argument using contextual knowledge [7-8 marks]

How to structure the answer:

  1. Split into two sides (e.g. reliable and unreliable)

  2. On one side, identify an area of reliability of the source and explain why it is reliable/what makes it reliable.

  3. On the other side, identify an area of unreliability of the source and explain why it is unreliable/what makes it unreliable.

  4. Give a conclusion which states whether you believe the source was or was not reliable by using contextual knowledge to evaluate it's key argument

Information from this page was primarily sourced from information provided to me by my previous teacher, Mr Joshua Tillott.