from Juliana SmithÂ
When weâ€™re up against one of those brick walls that just wonâ€™t budge, weâ€™re often advised to review the information weâ€™ve gathered. This is good advice, but it works better if we also review our sources. Play devilâ€™s advocate and examine the possibility that one or more of the sources could contain incorrect information that has been misleading you. Typically sources created nearer the actual event, and/or by an actual witness to the event are more likely to be correct. If you find youâ€™ve missed recording a source for an event or fact, try to recreate your research and locate the source of the information. Taken in small steps, you may find that this â€œauditâ€ of the sources youâ€™ve used may provide you with a door in that brick wall.