Extended Essay

Ms. R’s Slides



  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


  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. Curated LIST of EWHS Library Books
    6. START with a intriguing source!  Then start asking questions.
    7. 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. FIRST Question and Finding a Mentor
    1. Come HANG OUT and browse in the library!
    2. Use the document Quinn provided to narrow your topic to a starting  question
    3. Get yourself a mentor soon!  They LOVE students who:
      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 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



  1. Wikipedia  LINKS at the bottom to it’s 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. GVRL – GREAT for Search Term Collection
    2. History or Science in Context
    3. Proquest has GREAT articles across time.
    4. Questia is similar to JSTOR and loaded
  6. Advanced SearchGoogle Scholar?
  7. Sno-Isle Catalog Flip between catalog and Articles at the top  (Or KCLS)
  8. UW Catalog – see me for the document you need your parents to fill out.  You can use the databases and books WHILE you are there instead.
  9. EdCC Catalog


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


March 18 Topic approve, research defined and substantially complete

April 29  Reflective Session Complete 

May 21  First Draft Outline due to Mentor

Outline Due : (See slide 30 and on in Ms. R’s EE Tips Presentation)

A NEW Source for writing what you know and organizing.  Trello.com!

May Meeting Attendance