1.2 What do university students have to read?
University students read textbooks as well as other printed or online material. The type of material they read depends on the subject they are studying.
Below are five examples of texts a university student is likely to read. They are often available both in print and online.
- Academic journal:
- Academic book: 'Democracy and Moral Development' by David L. Norton
- Newspapers and magazines: The Guardian, Financial Times and The Economist
- Reference material: Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Oxford English Dictionary
- Specialist organisations’ websites: OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), the UK government’s Environment Agency and the UK Food Standards Agency
You may already be familiar with some or all of these types of text. Test your knowledge in the next activity.
Match each source to the description of its content.
Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.
Newspapers and magazines
Specialist organisations’ websites
a.Facts and figures, addresses, statistics, definitions
b.Online specialist information on a
c.Up-to-date developments, current issues and events, written by journalists
d.Key principles, facts and theories about a topic
e.The most specialised and up-to-date research, theories and debates in your subject area, written by academics
- 1 = a
- 2 = e
- 3 = c
- 4 = b
- 5 = d