Source Top Trumps

Media Type: Document, Handout(s)
Resource Duration: 15 minutes
Tuition Type: Group
Number of downloads: 109

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

Contributor’s comments on the use of this resource:

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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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify good academic sources
  • Describe pros and cons of different reading materials
  • Create improved reference lists / in-text citations

Additional Resource Information

View resources by author(s): Craig Morley

Institution(s): University of Chester

Published: 07/02/2019

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