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Subject: Re: [TGF] SS-5 Form as Primary or Secondary Information
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 13:56:25 -0600
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Debra wrote:
>"Primary" doesn't always equal "reliable", but I'm probably preaching to
the choir on that score.

Realistically, there is no classification and no category of record that
automatically equals "reliable." Whether it's an original source, primary
information, or direct evidence, it's all suspect. As Harold points out, we
have to put each individual information statement through that "textual
criticism" to decide how much credibility we can give it.

Life sure was a lot simpler back in those naïve days when we were sure we
could trust anything in print because the ever-present, omnipotent, but
never identified *they* "wouldn't let it be printed if it wasn't so."


Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG

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