Starting your extended essay
1. Pose possible questions that are worth exploring and researchable. Your question should be narrow (not too broad), challenging (not too bland), and grounded (not too speculative). Be prepared to modify your question as you read and gain more insight into the topic.
2. Map out a research strategy. No single search strategy works for every topic. Consult librarians at school, public, and university libraries.
Previous extended essays by WVSS students are filed by subjects
3. Create a preliminary bibliography - a list of books, articles and websites that may be useful sources of information about your topic. Resist the temptation to do all your work using Google.
4. Read and start taking notes. Make sure you keep track of your sources.
EE Resources at the WVSS Librar
- 50 Excellent Extended Essays from around the world
- Selected Abstracts and Examiner Reports
- Extended Essay Guide outlines the criteria for essays of each subject
Refer to pg 16-18 of the IBO Extended Essay Guide
Regardless of the citation style you choose to employ (MLA, APA, Chicago etc), you must follow the style consistently throughout your essay
For in-text citations and bibliographies, consult citation guide books or reputable university websites
Most databases provide citation entries in various styles that you can cut and paste into your document
Make your life easier by using online citation makers:
College and University libraries will be helpful to your research. Inform the reference librarian the nature of your research, include:
- the academic discipline in which you are writing
- your tentative research question
- the length of your paper
- the time you have to spend on your paper
Community Borrowers: To receive a library card, two pieces of valid identification are required (one piece a photo ID and one with a current address). Fees are $25/year plus $2 for the card (this also serves as a copy card). Cards are valid for 1 year.
Community Borrowers: People unaffiliated with UBC who wish to borrow books or use fee-based Library services such as interlibrary loan or document delivery may be eligible for one of the following UBC Library cards. Fees and restrictions apply. All fees are non-refundable. Apply at the Library Cards Desk, Walter C. Koerner Library (604-822-3869) or at Robson Library (604-822-3725).
The Community Borrower Library card is for the cardholder's personal use only. It may not be transferred to other individuals or used for business purposes. Fees are: Full year (12 months from date of issue) $120; One term (4 months from date of issue) $40.
External Borrower Card: External borrower cards can be obtained or purchased at the circulation desk of the Bennett Library, the Belzberg Library or the Surrey Campus Library. All borrowing is subject to the Loans Policy and fines. Fees for general public: Annual Borrowing Fees (12 months from date of purchase): $100; Semester Borrowing Fees (4 months from date of purchase): $35.
Don't forget these!
Public Libraries often have extremely useful databases (that are free!). They can also bring in interlibrary loans in case you can't get to another library or don't have a University Library card.
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