Students who are interested in earning an IB Diploma must complete an independent research paper of 4000 words or less in an IB academic subject area. Each student will be assigned a faculty supervisor who will offer constructive feedback on the research proposal, sources, and first draft. The supervisor will also assign a predicted grade for the paper. An international examiner is assigned to read and score all extended essays. If the mark of the examiner varies by two or more grade marks, the essay will be read by a senior examiner to verify the grade.
Here are a few resources to aquaint you with the Extended Essay research paper requirement:
Available as webpage, or pdf, the guide details everything you need to know about the Extended Essay assignment - general and subject-specific. Students should reference the guide throughout the research and writing process.
Student essays and reflections in many subject areas are accompanied by score breakdowns and comments.
Subject reports are written for each EE subject area in response to essays submitted in that area. They reveal tips as to what makes an essay stronger or weaker than others. These reports are very useful and well worth a read.
Did you know that you could access a wide variety of academic research databases from home for free by logging in with your MCL library card? Check out this list - developed in coordination with MCL School Corps. You will see an extensive list of open source research databases as well.
Use your PPS login or Class Link to connect to Gale Databases with academic, peer reviewed artlicles, such as Gale In Context and Academic OneFile.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers research support and up-to-date citation guides for APA, MLA, and CHICAGO style referencing.
IB guide that overviews citing and referencing expectations
Juniors begin research in the summer with the goal of becoming well-read and knowledgeable about their topic. Concept maps, outlines, notes and more should be a feature of summer exploration.
Extended Essay Showcase 2021: https://sites.google.com/student.pps.net/extendedessayshowcase/home_1 - examples of research topics from the class of 2021
Questions? Please contact IB Extended Essay Coordinator Jennifer Wiandt Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org.