Extended Essay

Ms. R’s Slides

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

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. 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 and the LINKS at the bottom
  2. Britannica and Suggested Websites
  3. Your textbook
  4. EWHS Catalog – Use broad search terms and find a book containing your topic
  5. EW Databases – take your time in here and do power searches with a variety of search terms.
  6. Questia EWHS Database
  7. Google – Ask questions to learn,
  8. Advanced SearchGoogle Scholar?
  9. Sno-Isle Catalog Flip between catalog and Articles at the top  (Or KCLS)
  10. 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.
  11. EdCC Catalog

Take them NOTES. 

  1. Get started.  Put your learning SOMEWHERE
  2. NOTECARDS like you learned in 9th and 10th grade!

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

  1. Get some notecards or lots of pieces of paper.   Mindmapping site: Coggle
  2. Write down 5-10 BIG IDEAS you have.  What have you learned?  What do you know?
    1. Build supporting evidence under each big idea
    2. Use an outline form like the one here!
  3. OR Gather supporting evidence INTO big ideas!
  4. What do you KNOW, and how to you KNOW it?
    1. Heading or Big Ideas are what you know
    2. Supporting evident is HOW you know it!
      1. If you lack support for a big idea, you’ve learned what you need to research!
      2. If you haven’t answered the question with your research, is it time to change the question?
  5. Check out these pages with tips:
    1. Scotch Library Outlining section
    2. West Sound Academy Outline page
  6. Once you’ve built an outline, determine and note any weak areas of your research.


Scotch Library EE Page You DEFINITELY need to bookmark THIS!

West Sound Academy Extended Essay – The Basics page.  BOOKMARK THIS!!

Survey #1  December 13, 2018