Extended Essay

**Updates (also in RED below)

Additional Comments for Online Working:

  1. Mrs. B’s Slidedeck on RESEARCH!
  2. Is your topic/question currently feasible with what you have available?
  3. Mrs. R’s most recent screencast made last year for you on sources available?  
  4. Look through ALL the Source Ideas I’ve listed below
  5. If you can’t find enough sources THIS WEEK (first week of April) then:
    1. Email me, and INCLUDE your question. I can help.
    2. Email the UW libraries for online source ideas.
    3. Email your advisor to ask for ideas
    4. THEN consider changing your question to something you CAN FEASIBLY find info on.

Extended Essay Tips from Mrs. B.

DUE DATES Class of 2022!

March 18: Topic approved, research defined and substantially complete
April 15:  Research substantially complete check
April 30:  FIRST Reflective Session Locked 
May 21:  First Draft Outline due to Mentor
June 17:  Approved EE Outline submitted to IBDC
Sept 27:  EE: Draft; Second Reflective Session Completed
January 5:  EE to Mentor
January 17:  THIRD Reflective Session Completed

Organizational Tips

  1. Create an EE Doc for brainstorming your thoughts
  2. Create a folder in your Drive for your EE work
  3. Create a bookmark folder for any source links you find
  4. Open and bookmark and peruse the sites below.  Full-time IB school’s EE sites.

Initial Steps

  1. Topic Selection:
    1. What subjects have you enjoyed?
    2. What topic areas or themes or periods have intrigued you WITHIN those subjects?
    3. Ms. R’s Topic Finder Screencast on GVRL! (In Advanced Search)
    4. A list of IB Prescribed International Authors in our library
    5. START with an intriguing source!  Then start asking questions.
    6. How about looking at some interesting PRIMARY SOURCE books?
  2. Background Knowledge: Read 1-2 good overview sources. Take some notes.
    1. GVRL
    2. Britannica
    3. An overview page from a database related to your topic
    4. Database tips
  3. Question
    1. Use the document Mr. Wellington provided to narrow your topic to a starting question.  Here are some question starters.
    2. Hang out with IB teachers to ask questions and get help
    3. Mr. Wellington finds your mentor and you should:
      1. Have a starting question or two in the works
      2. The document is filled out
      3. Have read 2 overview sources on the topic
      4. Email mentor as soon as you have them for an appointment time!
  4. **Search Terms List: Can you brainstorm 10-20 search terms?
    1. Use those Search Terms in ALL your queries (hunts for articles).
    2. Use BROAD terms when looking for BOOKS
    3. Use ADVANCED searches when looking at articles

Source Collection

  1. Wikipedia  LINKS at the bottom to its sources
  2. Google – Ask questions to learn,
  3. Your textbook
  4. EWHS Catalog – Use broad search terms and find a book containing your topic
  5. EW Databases – USE POWER SEARCH
    1. USE the Powersearch to search all GALE databases at once
    2. GVRL – GREAT for Search Term Collection
    3. Proquest has GREAT articles and a great selection of ebooks across time.
    4. Britannica High School Level is a good source
  6. New: PRIMARY Source Sites 
  7. Advanced SearchGoogle Scholar?
  8. Sno-Isle Catalog Flip between catalog and Articles at the top  (Or KCLS)
  9. UW Catalog – And New: UW Library Research Guides may help
  10. EdCC Catalog
  11. **New March 2020 JSTOR free 

Notetaking (collecting evidence) – Try this electronic notetaking app to create electronic notecards

  1. Get started.  Put your evidence SOMEWHERE
  2. NOTECARDS like you learned in 9th and 10th grade!
  3. Begin to think about how you can organize your evidence gathering
  4. COULD take notes in Outline form!

Outline:  Due May 21