How to evaluate how complete, how objective and how accurace a source is?
I am doing GCSE History, and completing my World War Two coursework, where I have three sources (all to do with evacuation) and must determine which is the best source showing how civilians reacted to the war, using the three criteria above (complete, objective, accurate).
I am not sure what it means to have a "complete" source, or an "accurate" source, or an "objective" source, so would love some help on how to use these criteria. Thank you.
This is a very sophisticated question. Let me give you some points here that might help you work through this question.
First, it is important to know that there is nothing that is completely objective. All points are made from the perspective and experience of people. For this reason, objectivity does not exist.
Second, in view of this, what sophisticated readers and students need to do is to figure out what the biases are of these authors or sources. If you can find out the bias, then you will be way ahead of the game, as you will know from where they are coming. From this point, you will be able to make conclusions about what is most helpful.
Third, if you can find incidental details in these sources, then these details can help you reconstruct the historical situation. In other words, these incidental details get behind some of the biases of the sources.