Create Trading Cards for Sources

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by originalpozer

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by originalpozer

Using the format of a trading card can be a good way to encourage yourself to visualize an article’s ideas and concepts in a different way.


1. Use this template to create four trading cards for four separate scholarly articles. You will need to copy and paste the document into a new Google doc that you can edit.

2. For each of the four articles, you need to:

  • Complete the bibliographic information requested on the trading cards.
  • Find a picture to insert on the trading card that you feel represents the article in some way. This can be any photo that creates a connection of some kind between you and the content of the article. Use a photo that will help you make an association to the article and jog your memory about the content of the article when you come back to it.
  • Work within the constraints of the trading card format. When addressing the “evidence” and “connection to research” sections of the cards, don’t write more than the card permits. Part of the challenge (and usefulness) of this exercise is to boil down your points.

3. Share-out: After you create the four trading cards, link to a final document or take a picture/screenshot of them and upload to the WordPress comment space. If you find this activity useful for your research goals, make more trading cards!

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