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Formal presentation of the extended essay

The extended essay should be written in a clear, correct and formal academic style, appropriate to the subject from which the topic is drawn. The use of word processors is encouraged.

The length of the extended essay

The upper limit is 4.000 words for all extended essays. Essays containing more that 4.000words are subject to penalties and examiners are not required to read material in excess of the word limit.

This includes:

This 4000 word limit does not include:

 

Title - The title should provide a clear indication of the focus of the essay. It should be precise and not necessarily phrased in the form of a question.

Abstract

An abstract not exceeding 300 words must be included with the essay submitted. It is not an introduction, but presents an overview of the extended essay, and should, therefore, be written last. The inclusion of an Abstract is intended to encourage students to examine closely the development of an argument within the extended essay and the pertinence of any conclusions that are reached. It is also designed to allow readers to understand quickly the content of the extended essay.

The minimum requirements for the abstract are for it to state clearly.

The abstract should be typed or word processed on one side of a sheet of paper, and placed immediately after the title page.

 

Contents Page - A contents page must be provided at the beginning of the extended essay and all pages should be numbered. An index is not required.

 

Introduction – This opens the main body of your essay. It must contain your thesis statement. The introduction can be included as a separate section of as the first part of your essay.

 

Body (development/methods/results) – This must be logically structured and can contain sections if appropriate.

 

Conclusion Your conclusion must be clearly linked to your research question/thesis statement and should point out the important aspects that you have discovered through your research. If appropriate, you can indicate new questions or issues that have emerged through your work or questions that have remained unresolved. The conclusion should be clearly stated and substantiate by the evidence presented.

 

Illustrations

Presentations and overall neatness are important, and it is essential that illustrative material, if included, is well set out and used effectively. Graphs, diagrams, tables and maps are effective only if they are clearly labeled and can be interpreted with ease. All such material that is incorporated into the extended essay must be directly related to the text and acknowledged where appropriate. The use of photographs and other image is acceptable if they are captioned and/or annotated and are used to illustrate specific point made in the extended essay.

 

Bibliographic references and citations

An extended essay must be reflect intellectual honesty in research practices and provided the reader with the exact sources of quotations, ideas and points of view through accurate bibliographies and referencing. Producing accurate citations, referencing and a bibliography is a skill that students should be seeking to perfect. Documenting the research in this way is vital: it allows readers to evaluate the evidence for themselves, and it shows student’s understanding of the importance of the source used.

Failure to comply with this requirement will be viewed as plagiarism and will, be treated as a case of malpractice.

also see Citing Resources Section for more information about references and citations.

Documentation Style

CBE teaches the APA style and it is recommended that you use this style as there are many helps available on the school’s Extended Essay website and in the Media Centre.

 

What is a bibliography? (called References in APA style)

A bibliography is an alphabetical list of every source used to research and write essay. Sources that are not cited in the body of the essay, but were important in informing the approach taken, should be cited in the introduction or an acknowledgment. The bibliography should list only those sources cited. There are a number of different documentation styles available for use when writing research paper; most are appropriate is some academic disciplines but not others. (The CBE teaches APA style and this would be the best to use because of this.) The supervisor should help student decide on a style for the particular subject of the essay. It is important to remember that, whatever style is chosen, it must be applied consistently. When choosing the documentation style, the student needs to have a clear understanding of how it is to be used before embarking on the research task. The documentation style should be applied in both the final draft of the essay and in the initial research stages of taking notes. This is good practice, not only for producing a high quality final product, but also for reducing the opportunities and temptation to plagiarize.

 

What is a Reference?

A reference is a way of indicating to the reader, in an orderly form, where information has been obtained. A reference provides all the information needed to final the source material. References must be cited because they acknowledge the source used an enable the reader to consult the work and verify the data that has been presented.

References must be given whenever someone else’s work is quoted or summarized. References can come from many different sources, including books, magazines, journals, newspaper, emails, internet sites and interviews.

Internet references should include the title of the extract used as well as the web site address, the date it was accessed and if possible, the author. Caution should be exercised with information on web sites that do not give references or that cannot be cross-checked against other source. The more important a particular point is to the essay, the more the quality of its source needs to be evaluated.

Any references to interviews should state the name of the interviewer, the name of the interviewee, the date and the place of the interview.

 

What is a citation?

A citation is a shorthand method of making a reference in the body of an essay, which is then linked to the full reference at the end of the essay. A citation provides the reader with accurate references so that he or she can locate the source easily. How sources are cited varies with the particular documentation style that has been chosen. Page numbers should normally be given when referencing printed material: in some styles this will be in the citation, in others in the full reference. Once again, it is important to emphasize that there must be consistency of method when citing sources.

 

Appendices, footnotes and endnotes

Appendices, footnotes and endnotes are not essential section of the extended essay and examiners are not required to read them, so care should be taken to include all information of direct relevance to the analysis and argument in the main body of the essay. An essay that attempts to evade the word limit by including important material in notes or appendices, risks losing marks under several criteria.

Unless considered essential, complete list of raw data should not be included in the extended essay.

Students should not constantly refer to a material presented in an appendix as this may disrupt the continuity of the essay. For example, charts and graphs should be included in the body of the essay.

 

The use of other media and materials

Apart from graphic material, materials in other media may be submitted only as supporting appendices and should not detract from the written content of the extended essay.

Computers

The use of computers is encouraged where they are appropriate as tools for any analyzing data relevant to the subject of the extended essay. Material such as hard copy of computer output may be included the extended essay, but any associated program should be referred to our reproduce, if original, only as an appendix.

Computer programs may only be included (in particular circumstances) in computer science and physics essay. (See the “computer science” and “physics” section for further details).

 

CDs, DVD’s and audio- visual materials

The model for the extended essay is a paper in an academic journal. Hence, materials such as these should not normally be included. They are liable to be lost or damaged and the examiner will probably not have time to look at them.

 

Specimen Material

Specimen materials used in, or produced by, investigations do not form part of the extended essay and must not be submitted. Photographic evidence may be submitted in place of such material.

From:

International Baccalaureate Organization. (2007). formal presentation of the extended essayt. In IBO Extended essay guide, First examinations 2009,  (pp. 15-18). New York: International Baccalaureate 
     Organization.