Ib 2013


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Ib 2013

  1. 1. Here are some resources that will help you blitz IB
  2. 2. Here is the list........ Formulating the right research question is the key to it all Our online databases and eBooks : Echo Online Newspaper Index, ELibrary Australasia, Newsbank etc. State Library of Victoria: what a treasure this is. Good search engines: wean yourself off Wikipedia. Citation sites: Yes, you do need to know this stuff so get over it. Drop Box: a file sharing site. Working collaboratively is the way of the world.
  3. 3. CRC virtual library - one stop shopStlLink /Learning/IB/Cornish Resource Centreand then all is at your fingertips with a click of amouse or swipe of iPad……
  4. 4. The question is the answer Choose a topic you are interested in. The more background you have in the subject, the better chance to write a good EE. Formulate a well-focussed research question. Do not let it be too broad, narrow, vague, difficult or inappropriate. A good research question asks something worth answering within 4000 words. It should be clear what would count as evidence in relation to the question. If you don’t know what evidence is needed or can’t collect it, you can’t answer the question!
  5. 5. Examples of exemplary EE questionsHistory The Role of Émile Zola’s “J’accuse” in The Dreyfus Affair Continuity and Change in Japanese policy Towards Jewish Refugees in Shanghai, 1938-1943English An exploration of Jane Austen’s use of the outdoors in Emma The empowerment of the Feminine in JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the RingsBiologyThe effect of age and gender on the photoreceptor cells in the human retinaPhysicsInvestigation of the effects of slipping on the motion of a cylinder rolling down an inclined planeMathematicsCan the whole field grow into weed?Visual ArtsHow The Cultural Aspects of Jesse Trevino’s Life Impacted His ArtworkSource The UAIS extended essay and research sitehttp://www.uaisresearch.com/evaluating-the-ee.html
  6. 6. Do not do this…… Forget to analyse the research question Ignore the assessment criteria Collect and use irrelevant material Use the internet uncritically Plagiarise Merely describe or report (evidence must be used to support the argument) Repeat the introduction in the conclusion Cite sources that are not used
  7. 7. Plan your research (oh please, pretty please) Read the assessment criteria Read previous essays to identify strengths and possible pitfalls Spend time working out the research question (imagine the finished essay) Work out a structure for the essay Make the extended essay guide your new best friendhttp://occ.ibo.org/ibis/documents/dp/drq/extended_essay/d_0_eeyyy_gui_0903_1_e.pdf
  8. 8. Now for the research….networked databases andeBooksThese are the ones that you are familiar with: Echo Online Newspaper Index : note the section News Media Links with current news sites Electric Library Australasia The Age Digital Edition Newsbank History in Context Science in Context Gale Virtual Reference Library (eBook collection)At schoolThese can be accessed via the CRC virtual library site on Stllink. Then via the catalogue or database page. Both are on the right side of screenAway from schoolThese can be accessed by logging on to StlLink via the school website with your user name and passwordORBy accessing the specific website and using the username and password on the bookmark
  9. 9. State Library of Victoria databasesand eBooks: they have the most andthey are free  Become a member of the State Library of Victoria (SLV) so that you can access their eresources from school or home. http://www.slv.vic.gov.au Fill out the online registration form. You will be sent your card in the mail. You can then use your card details to logon to the databases and eBooks you want. Electric Book Library (EBL) allows you to download and “borrow” a book for a week.
  10. 10. Quality search engines (sites and apps) Google blogs: http://www.google.com.au/blogsearch?hl=en&tab=wb Kngine : a web 3 search engine http://www.kngine.com/ Wolfram Alpha (computational search engine) : http://www.wolframalpha.com/ Google scholar: http://scholar.google.com.au/schhp?hl=en&tab=ws Mashpedia (aggregator of web sites including social media ): http://mashpedia.com/ Searchcredible: http://www.searchcredible.com/ Type in your search term and select from the databases and directories. It doesnot search across all at once. Trove National Library of Australia http://trove.nla.gov.au Australian Bureau of Statistics http://www.abs.gov.au/
  11. 11. Citation aka referencing or writing your bibliography For a guide to writing your bibliography go to the CRC virtual library site on Stllink then “Let’s research: plagiarism and citation’ page. Or from home:Murdoch Universityhttp://library.murdoch.edu.au/Getting-help/Referencing/ BibMe (online citation generator) http://www.bibme.org/ Or… use the one in Word (under the References tab)
  12. 12. Drop Box : file sharing http://www.dropbox.com/ Dropbox allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically 2GB of online storage for free Sync files of any size or type Sync Windows and Mac computers Automatically syncs when new files or changes are detected You can share your files with others, so it is good when working collaboratively Install it on home computer and access word documents when at school
  13. 13. When all else fails........ Get help sooner rather than later Ask your friendly teacher librarians Ask your subject teacher.....