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IB Language and Literature: IB Extended Essay Tips

Quick Tips & Shortcuts for Database Searching

IB LibGuides

Click on the  subject tabs above to find resources for your assignments and the extended essay.

Assessment Overview

Searching the State Library Victoria databases for academic journal, magazine & newspaper articles


Finding Articles Online.

The State Library subscribes to databases containing thousands of journal and newspaper articles.

You can now  search all of the State Library databases, including JSTOR, in  one search.

Go to  the State Library and select Articles from the drop down box. (On mobile devices click the SEARCH button to reveal the drop down boxes.) Ensure the button is on Search the Catalogue.  Enter your search term and click search. The results screen will appear. You can refine your search using the  options on the left of the Results screen. Select an article.  One or more databases will be listed. Select one. The Login screen will appear. Enter your State Library barcode  number  and your surname.



 (If you have lost your State Library membership number contact the contact the State Library.)

Google Scholar

State Library & National Library Article Databases Google Scholar gives you the option to show which articles are available through the State Library. To do this click on Settings  above the Google icon on the Google home page then click on Library links and choose which libraries you want to displayed.

Email Alerts It is possible to set up an email alert to notify you when new information on your topic becomes available.  You can do this from the Alert button above the Google Scholar logo on the home page, or the Create Alert option on the sidebar of the search results screen.

My Library Google Scholar Library allows you to  save articles from the search page and  organize them by topic. You will need to set up a Google account if you do not already have one. To save an article, log into your Google account then click the save button which is below the article. To see your saved articles click on  My Library which is on the left sidebar of the result screen. To create labels click on  Manage Labels on the left sidebar. Open the article, and then click on Labels which is above the article and add a label to the article. (For detailed instructions click here)


Extended Essay Guides

Extended Essay : IB Diploma Programme

This book from IBO is available for use in the library only.

Ask at the loans desk.

The Lanterna Guide for the Extended Essay

The Lanterna guide for the extended essay (below) is a free publication which gives ideas for researching & writing the extended essay

(Note :  It is not endorsed by the IBO)

General Resources

International Baccalaureate

IB Home Page


Turabian - A Manual for Writers


Use Turabian for all extended essays except Psychology.

This book is kept in the Reference Section of the Fisher Library.
Click below for a sample of citations from the book.


Sample Citations: Notes-Bibliography Style
From The University of Chicago Press



R 808.066378 TUR




                  Psychology uses the APA Style (6th ed.)  for referencing.
                  APA Style uses in-text citations (author date).





Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers

What are scholarly journals?

Scholarly journals are an important resource for  many extended extended essay topics. 

Quoting Paraphrasing & Summarizing

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