Source Top Trumps

This post was originally added to Learnhigher on: 7th Feb, 2019
Activity time: 15 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Interactive learning object
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• Identify good academic sources • Describe pros and cons of different reading materials • Create improved reference lists / in-text citations
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Doing Research, Reading, Research Skills

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This activity is useful for introducing Level 4 students to different reading materials at university, and the need to read credible and reliable sources when researching. Source Top Trumps provided.

Specific resources needed for implementing this resource:

Source Top Trumps, Source Information Sheets

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Instructions for running the activity:

  1. Students read through the source Information sheets
  2. Students provide scores out of 5 for different characteristics (credibility, reliability,
    bias, involvement in academic debate) of each source on the Source Top Trumps
  3. Students order Source Top Trumps from ‘best’ to ‘worst’

Further Suggestions:

  • To add an element of gamification, Step 3 can also be performed in a ‘battle’, as in the regular way of playing Top Trumps.
  • Different information sheets may need to be created for different subjects and disciplines which may regard sources differently.

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