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IB extended essay help: what to know about formatting

For a lot of people out there, writing any kind of academic piece can be a hassle. Even for those who are passionate about a subject and for those who actually know a lot about it, academic writing can be quite distressing. If you take into consideration the fact that the International Baccalaureate extended essay can be very important for your future (and that it is also a piece of academic writing), the pressure on your shoulders can feel even heavier.

It is very important that you keep your mind clear throughout the entire research and writing process because you will absolutely need to think clearly. Do bear in mind the fact that the official guidelines are there to actually help you and that even though they may seem confusing at a first glance, they will actually provide you with a lot of information on what is expected of you and your extended essay. If you are worried about formatting your essay and you are not sure of some things, then do read on.

  1. There are 7 parts that should never miss from an International Baccalaureate extended essay: the title page, the abstract, the table of contents, the introduction, the body, the conclusion and the bibliography page.
  2. The size and fonts of your essay will be dictated by the academic writing style of your choice. Choose one academic writing style (MLA, APA, Harvard, and so on) and stick with it throughout the entire essay. Use it both when it comes to formatting and when it comes to citations.
  3. Your abstract should be comprised out of 3 paragraphs, each of them of around 100 words. The first paragraph should contain the research question and the thesis, as well as the outline of the importance of the essay. The second paragraph should contain the key resources, the limits of your research, the scope of the investigation and so on. The third paragraph should contain the conclusion you have reached in your extended essay.
  4. Do make sure that you include the research question in the table of contents, in the abstract and in the introduction as well.
  5. Also, the thesis should be included in all of the places where the research question is included, with the exception that the conclusion of the IB extended essay will also have to include the thesis.
  6. The table of contents should contain the following parts: the research question, the thesis, the introduction (and page number), the arguments (and the page numbers), the sub-headings (and the page numbers), the conclusion (and the page number), the appendix (and the page number) and the bibliography page (and the page number).


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