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IB extended essay writing help: citing sources

For a lot of people out there, any kind of academic writing assignment can be distressing. If you add this to the fact that your IB extended essay will be extremely important for your future, then you may feel stressed out and you may also feel confused as to what it is that is actually expected of you to do.

The best thing to do is to clear your mind and try to focus on the guidelines that are specific to your subject of choice. Read them carefully because they will be clear and concise and they will give you a very good idea of what a good IB extended essay should look like.

If you are particularly worried about citations and the style you should use, do read on and try to follow the next tips. They will help you understand more what it is that you should actually do.

  1. Always start by reading the subject-specific guidelines, since they will actually help a lot. Pay attention to all the details, since they can all be very important for the final grade.
  2. Acknowledge the importance citations have. For many of you, citing sources can be just another source of headaches, but the truth is that they actually have a purpose. First and foremost, every citation style out there will create a common ground between researchers in the same field, making it easier for everyone to read and understand your paper. Furthermore, it is important to use citations because they will show that you do not have the intention of stealing anyone's ideas. Plagiarism is a serious thing in the academic world and it is often associated with stealing - and you definitely do not want to be accused of having done that!
  3. The IB extended essay will allow you to choose one academic writing style (and thus, once citation style). Choose the one with which you are most familiar with, since this way it will be much less likely that you make mistakes about it.
  4. Be consistent in your use of that academic writing style and do not change it throughout the course of your extended essay.
  5. When you do your research, make sure you organize your sources properly, since this will definitely help you find the sources to cite much easier and it will prevent you from having to re-do half of the work just because you forgot where you found one piece of information you want to use in your essay.


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