Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What is History? Vocabulary

Primary source - A source created by an eyewitness.

Secondary source - An account based on other sources.

Validity - Assessment of whether a historical source is real.

Not a valid ID.

Reliability - Assessment of whether a historical source's account can be trusted. i.e. Is the source lying?

Bias - The result of allowing personal outlook and preconceptions to color one's interpretation of the facts. Bias may be conscious or unconscious.

Interpretation - A well-considered analysis of the meaning of a historical topic that encompasses all the available evidence in an attempt to reach the truth. Requires research and analysis.

Hypothesis - A tentative assumption made in order to draw out and test its logical or empirical consequences.


  1. Where are we supposed to "comment"

  2. Landon, comment on the Blog Sign in post.

    If you click on the angry Tueting blog participation picture, it will take you to the right post.


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