The Extended Essay
The extended essay of some 4,000 words offers the opportunity for IB students to investigate a topic of special interest, usually one of the student's six DP subjects, and acquaints them with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity - resulting in approximately 40 hours of work. It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of a supervisor. This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing of no more that 4,000 words, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject, It is recommended that students follow the completion of the written essay with a short, concluding interview - viva voce - with the supervisor. In countries where normally interviews are required prior to acceptance for employment or for a place at university, the extended essay had proved to be a valuable stimulus for discussion.
-- from Diploma Programme Curriculum: Core Requirements, accessed 4 June 2012
Free Web (WWW)
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Google Scholar, Google Books, and More!
Can I trust Wikipedia?
Wikipedia is an amazing online encyclopedia of information that is updated and moderated by authors. It is an excellent place to find facts, because the are often referenced back to the original sources. Click on the blue citations to see what we mean.
Wikipedia is a good gateway website for information. You can look at Wikipedia to begin with and then look at the references at the bottom of the page. Often these will be links to excellent resources.
American Memory - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html - primary source documents - digitized documents, photographs, etc from American history
Avalon Project - http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/avalon.htm - primary source documents - focused primarily on legal, political issues and foreign relations historical documents. Includes transcripts of the Nuremberg Trials. letters of Thomas Jefferson, some of the presidential papers, etc.
FBI Electronic Reading Room - FBI documents that have been made available through the Freedom of Information Act.
Making of America http://www.hti.umich.edu/m/moagrp/ - primary sources - digitized magazines and books from the 19th century - may be of interest to those who are doing a project on American history in the 1800s.
African American Women Writers http://digital.nypl.org/schomburg/writers_aa19/ poetry, fiction, biography and essays by African-American women of the 1800s.
Southern Methodist University Digital Collection - photographs, films, J.C. Penny newsletters, and more
Internet History Sourcebooks Project a collection of links to historical texts - since this site depends on others maintaining their sites, a sometimes you can come up with a dead link.
Eurodocs - primary historical documents from Western Europe
Documenting the American South http://docsouth.unc.edu/ - letters, diaries, books, and photographs on life in the South before and after the Civil War.
Many Pasts http://historymatters.gmu.edu/browse/manypasts/ excerpts from primary documents about the experiences of "ordinary American people throughout U.H. history." (You would probably want to find the complete document, if possible.)
World War II Resources http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/ primary sources - including the hearings on the Pearl Harbor attack, negotiations before World War II, etc.
IBO Extended Essay Guide
Take a look at the IBO Extended Essay Guide for detailed requirements and examples.
Hilton HS IB Website
Click here for information about the IB program at Hilton High School.
Model Extended Essays
Below are some links to sites with samples of Extended Essays:
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More Organization Tools
Google Drive and Chrome
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Keep track of your notes and sources and access from any computer or device.
Collect and organize everything into an online binder!
Bubbl.us - Online mind mapping
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NoodleTools - Use NoodleTools to take notes, outline, and cite your sources.