How accurate is
to an historian studying...?
Source D and your own knowledge
to explain your answer.
(score 1–2 depending on the depth of the answer
and factual proof)
generic, unsophisticated statements
about reliability, either taken from their own knowledge
or the source (e.g. ‘It is accurate because it says…’,
'It was produced by the government so it must be
biased…’, ‘This was just one source so it may not be
statements which mention content or provenance but don’t
adequately explain how this affects the source’s
– the reader is left to infer that for themselves.
Note that, to score more than half marks, candidates
MUST BOTH use information from the source AND provide
factual information from their own knowledge.
(score 3–4 depending on the depth of the answer and
explained statements based on the provenance of the
explained statements based on the content of the source
(e.g. ‘It is accurate because I know from my own
(score 5–6 depending on the depth of the answer and
Fully explained answers which use
the content of the source. Award the highest marks
to answers which understand the issue: ‘reliable for
what?’ (e.g. a poster gives a very reliable insight into
how the government wanted people to think and feel, but
it may or may not accurately reflect the actual feelings
of the man-in-the-street.)