Wednesday, 19 December 2012

REF do!

“Like Cluedo but better!” 

Two to four player game.

REFDO!: A game to introduce the various elements that make up references for different information sources. Use after a general talk on referencing. Could also incorporate reminders re. library services/behaviours into the ‘chance’ cards.

Board game, four counters, pack of questions, four packs of cards that are components of a reference- colour coded to make up four complete references.

Board is made up of 5 different coloured tiles, in square or circle – four colours linking to particular references to collect, the fifth to a chance square.

Aim is to build up a complete reference using these cards. This would follow a referencing session to reinforce the structure of references covered in that session.



1.    The player who throws the highest number of the dice goes first.  In the event of a tie, the player whose name is first alphabetically goes first.
2.    Choose a coloured counter and place at the ‘Start’ position.
3.    Roll the dice and move along the board according to the number thrown.
4.    If you land on a Q square, one of the other players must pick a ‘Question Card’ and ask you the question printed on that card. If you answer correctly you can select a card from the pile of ‘Reference Cards’ that match the colour of your counter.
5.    If you get a question wrong you must stay put and wait for your next go.
6.    If you land on a ‘Chance’ square follow the instructions on that square.
7.    Once you have collected all the referencing cards keep throwing the dice and make your way back to the ‘Start’ position. If you land on a ‘Question Card’ there is no need to answer a question just wait for your next turn, you should still follow the instructions on the ‘Chance’ squares.
8.    Once you are back at the ‘Start’ position, put your referencing cards in the correct order (then get the person running the class to check for accuracy) and shout REFDO!
*The tutor could ask the first player to collect all the referencing cards and to reach the ‘Start’ position to stick them on a board at the front in the correct order for tutor/class feedback.

Why do we reference?
What is the difference between a citation and a reference?
What is a citation?
When would you need to use quotation marks when writing your assignment?
Define plagiarism.
Which of the following do you need to reference? Statistics, Case Studies, Direct Quotations, Paraphrasing, All of the above.

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