Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. -Zora Neale Hurston
Once you have chosen your general area of study, do some background reading to begin developing your topic. Browse Wikipedia or other encyclopedias, skim books in the Dewey section related to your topic, even watch a documentary or two. As you explore, keep a file or notebook of key terms that you can return to for your next steps. Don’t forget, as casual as this exploration may be, you should still keep track of your sources. Keep a running works cited list in your files, and make sure that each page of notes has the source listed. This will save you time and energy in the long run.
Developing your Research Question
Your Research Question is a really load-bearing component of your Extended Essay. Not only does it provide you with direction for your research and a framework for your essay, but the question itself is a factor for evaluation in the final product. So take your time, follow the steps outlined on the next page, and evaluate the question by these criteria. Is the question…
Clear: Will the reader understand the nature of my research? Will it direct the research being undertaken?
Focused: Will the research question be specific enough to allow for exploration within the scope of the task (that is, the number of words and time available)?
Arguable: Does the research question allow for analysis, evaluation and the development of a reasoned argument?
For a template to help you develop your question, check out the Churchville-Chili School District’s IB Website.
Got the question? Move on to finding good sources!
(Criteria from Extended Essay guide at https://libguides.monroe2boces.org/c.php?g= 890513&p=6402769)