Interpreting documents

This section provides advice on how to interpret sources. This is a challenge that is faced by all historians, and is a key aspect of what it means to do history.

We’ll begin by discussing the types of source that you might encounter. We’ll then consider some of the key approaches that historians take. The guide will then discuss some of the questions that you might ask while conducting research, and some of the approaches you might employ while analysing the information you find.

Guide: interpreting documents

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