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John Lakers

Will I be marked down if I don't have any primary sources in my History EE?

I'm writing on the topic of Black Death and the flagellants, but I couldn't find any relevant primary sources online. If I choose to have no primary sources, but use secondary sources like books and websites, will I lose points on my EE?

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I would definitely try to find some primary sources. Otherwise you may be downgraded in criterion C. Perhaps ask your mentor, history teacher, or a local librarian?

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I think you probably will be marked down if you don't have any. You definitely chose a hard topic for them (since it was so long ago), but surely there must be some translated journal or record you could find that talks about death counts or the experience of seeing the plague take its affect?

Besides, even if it doesn't automatically get marks taken off, primary sources are valued partly because they are better sources. If you find a primary source, you might write a better essay anyway, and get more marks that way.

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Even just looking at Wikipedia's references I can find links to some potential primary sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Death_in_England#cite_note-47

Which you can buy quite cheaply here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/1170583148/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

Basically I think it's a case of searching hard enough and you will find what you're after. Keep tracking things down until you strike gold is my advice.

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