Extended Essay  : History

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Bibliography

by marie on 06 Aug 2004 08:50 pm

ASNaC (IB completed) says:

My advice in history, and this very much is restricted to history, is that your bibliography is extremely important (especially if you are doing a popular topic, as you need to prove that you know more than the other candidates writing on it). Many examiners look at your bibliography first, and if you have one with say 30 or more texts it is bound to have a good first impression.

Marie (IB completed) says:

Start making your bibliography as soon as you have chosen your topic, as it will be a pain having to search for the publishers and authors of all the books you have used. I was also told by my adviser that the more sources you have, the more impressive it looks.

ASNaC and I also say that primary sources in the vernacular can look impressive. See the post dealing with primary sources

Here is a link that can help you write your bibliography. It must be written in the right style if you want to score full marks!

Link

http://www.yis.ac.jp/Library/bibliography.htm

Have anything else to say? Please submit!

marie

Location: Cambridge, UK


by alia on 20 Oct 2004 11:55 pm

That was helpful.

What do you do with images?

alia


by marie on 21 Oct 2004 02:27 am

alia wrote:

That was helpful

What do you do with images?

Small ones I encorporated into the text, big ones I put in the appendix.

marie

Location: Cambridge, UK


by alia on 21 Oct 2004 03:15 am

Hmm, how do you credit images?

alia


by Levi on 26 Oct 2004 10:30 pm

alia wrote:

Hmm, how do you credit images?

Techinically you must have permission from the publisher to reprint them, but I wouldn't worry about that. Just credit the article, book or website you got it from as if it were a quotation - this is what I did and I didn't lost points for not having oficial permission. History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other.

Levi

Location: Cambridge


by Levi on 26 Oct 2004 10:35 pm

marie wrote:

Here is a link that can help you write your bibliography. It must be written in the right style if you want to score full marks!

This is somewhat misleading, as there are many different possible styles for follow. In general you must state the author's (or translator's,or editor's) name, place of publication, name of book, or article with journal, date of publication, and page numbers in the case of articles or essays. Publisher's name is optional - most North American style sheets require it, while most British ones do not. The most important thing is that you find a style you are comfortable with, and that you implement it consistently.

Levi

Location: Cambridge

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Choosing the Right Subject and Formulating a Good Question

by marie on 06 Aug 2004 08:47 pm

Marie (IB completed) says:

If you have selected history as your extended essay topic the first advice I can give you is to choose a topic that will consistently captivate your interest. You will be reading book after book on your subject, most probably reading the same information over and over again so you better enjoy it!

The next most vital thing in the prilminary stages of your extended essay is to choose the right subject and formulating a good question. By this I mean:

Choosing the right subject: I would not advise choosing a subject that the examiner is sure to know a myriad of knowledge about, such as Adolf Hitler and the Vietnam War. They are more likely to find faults in your essay, and will quite simply be bored reading information on a subject they know so well about. In fact, it is better to choose something that the examiner probably will not know about, such as local history. My extended essay dealt with Japanese and Chinese textbooks, and the chances of the examiner being able to read both languages were slim.

Levi (IB completed) says:

I completely agree. I did mine on the scale of the adventus Saxonum in England - a topic no examiner is going to know well - and ended up losing only one mark. However, in my year other people who also got 7s in history in the end, did history EEs but got Bs, partly at least because their topics weren't obscure enough.

Marie says:

Then you have to formulate the right question. The IBO have given the following examples of good and bad titles:

Formulating a good question, taken from the IBO:

Explanations of the collapse of the Mayan civilization is better than The Mayan Civilization

Varying interpretations for the Salem witch trials is better than Witch trials in North America.

What does ‘Mein Kampf’ tell us about Hitler? is better than Adolf Hitler.

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marie

Location: Cambridge, UK


by Valentin on 09 Sep 2004 06:38 pm

As said, find a topic and question where you can analyze. Things as "to what extent are good here" I did it on "To what extent were the actions of the Iron Guard, Romania's fascist movement contradicted the ideology of the movement?"

Don't be too narrative. Don't tell a story, analyze-focus on causes and efects or degrees or comparison and contrast.

Valentin


by Linda on 10 Sep 2004 02:00 am

Slightly off topic - are you Valentin from Berg?

Linda

Location: Warwick Uni

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Any quick last minute tips?

by alia on 20 Oct 2004 11:56 pm

Do any of you have any [really] last minute tips?

alia