Historians have to be careful of a number of things when using sources. They must find how reliable a source is and need to know if it is accurate, bias or if it contains any exaggeration or propaganda.

  • Accuracy involves judging how accurate the information you are using is.
  • Bias is when the account is not balanced but unfairly favours one side.
  • Exaggeration is when something is represented better or worse than it actually is.
  • Propaganda is information that has been designed to influence the attitudes of the general public.