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    Pit should be a discussion of your findings, backed up with some evidence. Probably shouldn't last longer than 10 mins.
    Thank you very much!
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    Could you do an EPQ on Laparoscopic surgery vs open surgery does anyone know?
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    (Original post by EllainKahlo)
    Yes, they were set as the first homework for this unit. I really recommend researching your possible choice avenues before settling on one thing you're going to stick to. This is because I realised when I first started that one idea might look good on the surface, but if there are no sources of debate that other people have researched before you, you'll have nothing to quote. Unless, that is, if you're purely about to analyse texts. Camus sounds good to me, and so does the interwar years If you're going to focus on one person, I think you should look at something about them which can be debated so you have something in depth to discuss. Like, were they a literary genius? Are they overrated? What inspired them?
    It's so good that you get set homework to do! Our school is running the project with v little guidance and set work, which I'm finding a bit of a weird change. Yes I definitely have a lot of research ahead of me- I'll probably look at literature over one time period rather than focusing on one person I think. Although I just finished reading Lolita and I was so into that, I am thinking about doing a topic about that genre?! But I do want it to somehow tie in with French lanaguage/lit/culture. Thanks so much for your advice btw you've been so helpful- how is your project going atm?
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    Can someone check my question for me please " How could a play written about the transition from primary to secondary school reduce a child's worry of the experience?"
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    (Original post by Jen*34)
    Can someone please explain to me how you include references and analyse their reliability in your EPQ?

    I know you when you make a statement and you found that information from a particular source you then put it in brackets e.g. (Smith et al., 2005) and you have references at the end of your project in alphabetical order, but where do you analyse your sources in the text?
    I think you analyse the reliability your sources in your conclusion and the evaluation of your project. I don't think you have to include in the actual essay, then again I'm currently doing my research so I'm not sure either..

    I would do it in the conclusion, when you come to a decision about the answer to your question saying it could be this but these resources are less reliable because...
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    How do I go about referencing in my work?

    Do I embed it in the essay e.g Harvard style. And then create a separate bibliography.

    Some other people have a number above a word - still don't know how this system works.
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    (Original post by zed963)
    How do I go about referencing in my work?

    Do I embed it in the essay e.g Harvard style. And then create a separate bibliography.

    Some other people have a number above a word - still don't know how this system works.
    Pick a system and stick to it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citation gives some idea of different systems.

    As long as
    a) you cite where ideas/evidence/images/tables/quotes are from
    b) those citations can be linked through to a full reference (either Harvard style with (Author Year) in the text and the full reference at the end, or through using footnotes/endnotes on a word processing package or using MHRA style where you have a footnote with the full reference)
    c) you use whatever method consistently

    Once you get to uni you'll often be given a licence for software like Endnote which makes referencing much more straight forward.

    For EPQ I would suggest using endnotes on your word processing package as you go along - then once you get to the stage where you want to redraft decide whether that works well or whether you'd like to go back and rejig your references into something more formal. If you use endnotes/footnotes then I would suggest also having an alphabetic bibliography section (so that readers can see your sources all in one ordered place) whereas if you use Harvard you would include an alphabetic reference section so a separate bibliography would be unnecessary.
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    (Original post by PQ)
    Pick a system and stick to it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citation gives some idea of different systems.

    As long as
    a) you cite where ideas/evidence/images/tables/quotes are from
    b) those citations can be linked through to a full reference (either Harvard style with (Author Year) in the text and the full reference at the end, or through using footnotes/endnotes on a word processing package or using MHRA style where you have a footnote with the full reference)
    c) you use whatever method consistently

    Once you get to uni you'll often be given a licence for software like Endnote which makes referencing much more straight forward.

    For EPQ I would suggest using endnotes on your word processing package as you go along - then once you get to the stage where you want to redraft decide whether that works well or whether you'd like to go back and rejig your references into something more formal. If you use endnotes/footnotes then I would suggest also having an alphabetic bibliography section (so that readers can see your sources all in one ordered place) whereas if you use Harvard you would include an alphabetic reference section so a separate bibliography would be unnecessary.
    So in harvard style referencing you quote a bit of text and then say (Author, date).

    And then you create a separate bibliography which entails the full detail of the source but how would you lay this out as I believe it is different for the type you use e.g. web, ebook, newspaper.

    So is it better to have footnotes at the end of the page or to just create a bibliography ? Also how do you remain alphabetical on word?
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    (Original post by zed963)
    So in harvard style referencing you quote a bit of text and then say (Author, date).

    And then you create a separate bibliography which entails the full detail of the source but how would you lay this out as I believe it is different for the type you use e.g. web, ebook, newspaper.

    So is it better to have footnotes at the end of the page or to just create a bibliography ? Also how do you remain alphabetical on word?
    Harvard style you cite in the text

    (eg: "PQ, 2014 stated that Harvard style is a pain in the arse" OR "Harvard style is universally acknowledged as a pain in the arse (PQ, 2014)")

    THEN you have an alphabetical list of references (NOT a bibliography) at the end of your report. The references must include EVERY book/paper/website cited in the text and must NOT include any other relevant reading that you've done but haven't cited within your text. The format of how that's laid out will differ for each type of source material but it is still listed alphabetically by Author surname.

    If you use Harvard style then you don't use footnotes.

    HOWEVER if you're typing up a report on Word and don't have access to software like Endnote then I would NOT recommend using Harvard style for your EPQ. Unless you find you have a lot of time at the end for redrafting.

    What I would recommend using is the inbuilt footnote/endnote function in Word.

    (eg "PQ stated that Harvard referencing is a pain in the arse1" or "It is universally acknowledged that Harvard referencing is a pain in the arse2")

    Then in the footnotes/endnotes write in the full reference details (including page numbers etc) right there.

    If you do this as you work Word will put together all your end notes - so if you decide you'd like to do Harvard referencing you can do so in the edit, and if you decide not to then just leave the foot/endnotes as they are in the report and add on a "Sources" or "Bibliography" section after that containing all the sources you've used (so in the example above you would have 2 foot/endnotes (1 and 2) pointing at 2 different TSR posts - in your sources/bilbiography you would just list TSR once (so even though you referred/cited source material from it multiple times there's also somewhere where you just list each source once in alphabetical order)).

    The point is - use Word to keep track of when you've used someone else's words/ideas/theories/images....then once you've finished your project and are drafting decide how you want to present those references. If you've kept track then it will be straight forward to adjust your referencing style in an edit (would maybe take an hour or two on a very very long report to go from foot/endnotes to Harvard style).

    If you *don't* keep track of when you've cited things in your text (or start off using Harvard without software like "Endnote" to assist you) then sorting out your referencing at the end will be very difficult and might take days of proof reading and re-digging through books to find page numbers/authors.
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    (Original post by PQ)
    Harvard style you cite in the text

    (eg: "PQ, 2014 stated that Harvard style is a pain in the arse" OR "Harvard style is universally acknowledged as a pain in the arse (PQ, 2014)")

    THEN you have an alphabetical list of references (NOT a bibliography) at the end of your report. The references must include EVERY book/paper/website cited in the text and must NOT include any other relevant reading that you've done but haven't cited within your text. The format of how that's laid out will differ for each type of source material but it is still listed alphabetically by Author surname.

    If you use Harvard style then you don't use footnotes.

    HOWEVER if you're typing up a report on Word and don't have access to software like Endnote then I would NOT recommend using Harvard style for your EPQ. Unless you find you have a lot of time at the end for redrafting.

    What I would recommend using is the inbuilt footnote/endnote function in Word.

    (eg "PQ stated that Harvard referencing is a pain in the arse1" or "It is universally acknowledged that Harvard referencing is a pain in the arse2")

    Then in the footnotes/endnotes write in the full reference details (including page numbers etc) right there.

    If you do this as you work Word will put together all your end notes - so if you decide you'd like to do Harvard referencing you can do so in the edit, and if you decide not to then just leave the foot/endnotes as they are in the report and add on a "Sources" or "Bibliography" section after that containing all the sources you've used (so in the example above you would have 2 foot/endnotes (1 and 2) pointing at 2 different TSR posts - in your sources/bilbiography you would just list TSR once (so even though you referred/cited source material from it multiple times there's also somewhere where you just list each source once in alphabetical order)).

    The point is - use Word to keep track of when you've used someone else's words/ideas/theories/images....then once you've finished your project and are drafting decide how you want to present those references. If you've kept track then it will be straight forward to adjust your referencing style in an edit (would maybe take an hour or two on a very very long report to go from foot/endnotes to Harvard style).

    If you *don't* keep track of when you've cited things in your text (or start off using Harvard without software like "Endnote" to assist you) then sorting out your referencing at the end will be very difficult and might take days of proof reading and re-digging through books to find page numbers/authors.
    Is there a quick way of rearranging everything in alphabetical order for the bibliography?

    What's the general format for referencing in a footnote?
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    (Original post by shutuplucy)
    It's so good that you get set homework to do! Our school is running the project with v little guidance and set work, which I'm finding a bit of a weird change. Yes I definitely have a lot of research ahead of me- I'll probably look at literature over one time period rather than focusing on one person I think. Although I just finished reading Lolita and I was so into that, I am thinking about doing a topic about that genre?! But I do want it to somehow tie in with French lanaguage/lit/culture. Thanks so much for your advice btw you've been so helpful- how is your project going atm?
    You're welcome. To be honest, finding sources is extremely stressful because some people write their opinion and give no indication as to where they got it from and somehow I'm meant to find an easily find-able quote from that So far I've hardly done any. I like Lolita, it's difficult and obviously disturbing to read but very interesting and well-written. I'm not sure how it would tie in with French literature or culture since the author was Russian and I can't remember it being very French at all, though it was set in France right? Maybe you could research something like Les Misérables? It's considered one of the greatest novels ever written and it's French. I'm definitely not enjoying the lack of direction, like you said. I know this is supposed to be independent but not even giving us a hint of what is expected is poor practice, I think at least.
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    I'm doing my EPQ on whether there 'Is there such thing as a typical serial killer profile?' and specifically looking into 3 case studies and how each is a individual case to show there isn't a typical serial killer profile as each killer is a unique person with there own motives and experiences leading to their killings, basically just proving the 'typical profile wrong'
    My presentation is then going to be set up to look like a police investigation board
    I'm specifically looking at- The Yorkshire Ripper, Doctor Death (Harold Shipman) and The Moors Murderers (Ian Brady and Myra Hindley)
    hopefully this should relate to my Uni choice of studying either law or psychology

    However I have no idea how to start the actual essay or whether this idea is even going to work!
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    (Original post by bethjane1997)
    I'm doing my EPQ on whether there 'Is there such thing as a typical serial killer profile?' and specifically looking into 3 case studies and how each is a individual case to show there isn't a typical serial killer profile as each killer is a unique person with there own motives and experiences leading to their killings, basically just proving the 'typical profile wrong'
    My presentation is then going to be set up to look like a police investigation board
    I'm specifically looking at- The Yorkshire Ripper, Doctor Death (Harold Shipman) and The Moors Murderers (Ian Brady and Myra Hindley)
    hopefully this should relate to my Uni choice of studying either law or psychology

    However I have no idea how to start the actual essay or whether this idea is even going to work!
    That sounds really cool! You should start by reading peer reviewed sourcework about the killers and their opinions and then draw together some sources and what you think of them before you start writing. Sounds like a really good EPQ idea to me. (I took Psychology/Criminology )
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    Is this the correct way of referencing a website?


    1: MedicineNet, 2012. Definition of Neuroplasticity. [Online] :http://www.medterms.com/script/main/...ticlekey=40362 Last accessed: (31/07/14)


    They're so many styles available. Some had things rearranged e.g year first then source or source then year or online then data then source etc. Confusing
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    (Original post by zed963)
    Is this the correct way of referencing a website?


    1: MedicineNet, 2012. Definition of Neuroplasticity. [Online] :http://www.medterms.com/script/main/...ticlekey=40362 Last accessed: (31/07/14)


    They're so many styles available. Some had things rearranged e.g year first then source or source then year or online then data then source etc. Confusing
    What I did was use the referencing on Microsoft Word, so it puts a little [1] or whatever at the end of the quote. Then you put the website in the footer of the page (in the space word creates for you). But I also did an overall bibliography as well and evaluated my main sources.
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    (Original post by YuS97)
    I am doing mine on" Is geothermal energy the future?" Is that a good title or...?
    Yes. I don't know much about it but there is plenty you can put in.

    You can explain that and conventional methods.

    Then evaluate them.
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    (Original post by khanmir)
    Hey guys, roughly how many sources would you reccomend using in a history epq? And do these have to be mainly primary or secondary? Thanks ! =]
    20-50. I used about 60 but they were all short maths/science sources.

    Well, depending on what period of history you are doing, you'll probably struggle to get primary sources.
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    (Original post by DomStaff)
    What I did was use the referencing on Microsoft Word, so it puts a little [1] or whatever at the end of the quote. Then you put the website in the footer of the page (in the space word creates for you). But I also did an overall bibliography as well and evaluated my main sources.
    Can you explain how to do it in word?
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    Struggling to think of viable questions to do with the socio-economic issues of a problem, issue, event, or even a nation.

    I want it to be a 'social science' EPQ mainly focused on Economics. Politics is also a plus.
 
 
 

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