Writing Resources for Social Studies
- Research Writing Process [Don't forget to include a bibliography at the end of your papers matching the MLA, APA, or Chicago Style you chose for your writing. Be sure to follow instructions if your style requires footnotes.]
OWL Purdue is the best place to go for formatting and style guides when you're writing any paper.
The Purdue OWL Research & Citation Website (provides research paper & citation style guides for MLA, APA, & Chicago/Turabian formats)
The Purdue OWL General Writing Guide (provides information on the writing process, the use of mechanics, grammar, etc.)
-Example group research paper using MLA formatting "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Gulf War Three Veterans"
-Example research paper using Chicago/Turabian formatting "Population Maintenance - China's One Child/Only Child Policy"
-Example book report using Chicago/Turabian formatting "Jack P. Greene - Pursuits of Happiness
- AP DBQ Writing Procedure
DBQ Writing Process Guide
The following resources were shared by Doreen Chonko - IB North America, thank you!
Topic: History Research http://www.besthistorysites.net/Research.shtml
Excellent site for information on historical research with direct links to topical history sites.
A thorough presentation on research skills and tactics.
Learning How to Do Historical Research http://www.williamcronon.net/researching/questions.htm
An excellent site to learn how to develop questions for historical research.
**Be aware that your extended essay question must be arguable.
Developing good research questions is an essential first step of every research project, because good research questions focus your work and provide direction for your next steps. The purpose of this page is to help you learn how to create research questions from general topics, and to give you useful tips for refining your questions during the research process.