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How to get the Sourcing Point on the DBQ
- There are 5 different approaches you can take to source your document.
- You must source at least three documents.
Using the acronym “HAPPY” is a great way to easily keep track of your sourcing options and streamline your thought process when sourcing your docs during the DBQ.
Historical Context 🌏 :
- What are the immediate historical events occurring at the time of this document/led to its creation?
- What is the situation/environment of ideas or emotions that led to the creation of the doc?
Audience 👨👩👧👦 :
- Who was this document’s intended audience?
- How could the audience affect the attitude, content, style, etc. of the document, and why is that important?
Point of View 🔍 :
- Who is the author of the document/ where does it come from?
- How could this shape their opinion or emotions as expressed in the document?
- Determine possible bias and why that bias could exist.
- Identify any influences on the author and how they may have shaped the document.
- For what reason or why was the document created?
- What was the author trying to achieve by creating the document?
- How does the document affect/support/discredit/shape/reflect popular arguments on the subject?
- How does the document reflect continuity or change over time?
- What are the limitations of the document?
- Why is the document significant?
🌟 QUICK TIPS🌟
- Source as many documents as you can, time permitting, but at least one extra just to be safe.
- You don’t have to vary your sourcing types, but it is good practice to do so.
- Try to choose the sourcing option best suited to the document. Don’t try to make a stretch. Do whichever option is quickest and easiest.