- To avoid plagiarism, read your university's plagiarism policy
and keep to the following rules:
- Before starting to make notes from a book/article, write down the
bibliographic information (even better, type it into your references
- Put the page number beside each note you take. Try to write down ideas rather than copying text.
- Put direct quotations between " " marks.
- As you read you will probably come up with ideas of your own. Distinguish these by putting them between square [ ] brackets.
- A good extended essay should be trying to prove an idea of your
own (this is called 'stakeholder' work). Though you should show
awareness of other thinking in the field, it is your ideas and
convincing proof of them that will gain you a good grade. If you lack
ideas, then you are probably working on the wrong topic.
- Organise and plan your work with realistic milestones for getting
things done. You cannot produce an 8,000 Word extended essay the night
before it is due. The writing should be the final stage after the
research and thinking processes are finished. Do not just 'start
- If in doubt about plagiarism just ask your supervisor. We can all tell you clearly what plagiarism is.