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Hi, i am doing an EPQ with the title 'to what extent does psychological stress of the mother have on prenatal development'
I wanted to know how exactly to conduct the reasearch, i know i have to gather different sources but what do i do with the information i recieve off them, i obviously cannot copy and paste it so how do i show my research, is it genuinely just writing pages and pages on word? Thank you🙂
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Hi, i am doing an EPQ with the title 'to what extent does psychological stress of the mother have on prenatal development'
I wanted to know how exactly to conduct the reasearch, i know i have to gather different sources but what do i do with the information i recieve off them, i obviously cannot copy and paste it so how do i show my research, is it genuinely just writing pages and pages on word? Thank you🙂
Identify how many sources you have. It sounds specialist, so id suggest usng google, see what that comes up with, but dont forget your main library and the uni library. If you ask nicely they may let you use it.

Identify however many articles you need.20+ I would think. read them and get to grips with what they say.

Form an essay plan, then use the articles to support your investigation and analysis. It needs to be properly references and due credit must be given to information and ideas from articles. If not you will be guilty of plagiarism.

Write a draft essay, then see what you have, hen redraft until you are happy with it.

Split it into smaller parts t make it more manageable.

Your marks will come from the quality of your research, investigation, analysis and findings. Put some original thought into it and ask the right questions. Think about the reader and what they would find interesting.

You should also look at the epq spec to understand what they are looking for and where the marks are.
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Hello,

I'm doing my EPQ on a similar topic, namely "The effects of poverty on epigenetic changes and proneness to depression", with an emphasis on the biochemical aspect
I'd suggest you first read some materials on critical thinking, reading and note-taking. They'll not only help you to develop your reasoning and critical analysis skills (which are essential for your project), but learning those will also make it a great deal easier to select and search for relevant sources. This was something that initially helped me to establish some understanding of how to apply my research in the actual writing and to what extent the sources themselves need to be discussed.
I can share some of my materials on critical reading and thinking, let me know if you'd like me to send those to you
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Identify how many sources you have. It sounds specialist, so id suggest usng google, see what that comes up with, but dont forget your main library and the uni library. If you ask nicely they may let you use it.

Identify however many articles you need.20+ I would think. read them and get to grips with what they say.

Form an essay plan, then use the articles to support your investigation and analysis. It needs to be properly references and due credit must be given to information and ideas from articles. If not you will be guilty of plagiarism.

Write a draft essay, then see what you have, hen redraft until you are happy with it.

Split it into smaller parts t make it more manageable.

Your marks will come from the quality of your research, investigation, analysis and findings. Put some original thought into it and ask the right questions. Think about the reader and what they would find interesting.

You should also look at the epq spec to understand what they are looking for and where the marks are.
Thank you for your help, also do i base ny plan off of what i got from the sources and ref them or my ideas?
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Hello,

I'm doing my EPQ on a similar topic, namely "The effects of poverty on epigenetic changes and proneness to depression", with an emphasis on the biochemical aspect
I'd suggest you first read some materials on critical thinking, reading and note-taking. They'll not only help you to develop your reasoning and critical analysis skills (which are essential for your project), but learning those will also make it a great deal easier to select and search for relevant sources. This was something that initially helped me to establish some understanding of how to apply my research in the actual writing and to what extent the sources themselves need to be discussed.
I can share some of my materials on critical reading and thinking, let me know if you'd like me to send those to you
Thank you, i will definitely have a look at that and yes if you do have some of those resources to share with me that would be great!
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Thank you for your help, also do i base ny plan off of what i got from the sources and ref them or my ideas?
Its a mix.

Just read a few articles and start to draw up possible areas by looking at questions you want to find the answer to and areas you need to cover.

You could do a mind map.

1. Psychological stresses on mother.
2. Transfer from mother to child
3. Significance for prenatal development.
4. Comparison with expected or absence of stressful situations.

With the research you are expecting to become knowledgeable enough so you can answer all the questions you want to ask and can then assemble your findings for the reader plus your own ideas as to whats important significant and your assessment of the answer to the issue you set.

Just keep developing your plan and research. Bu the time you come to write it then you should have lots of research / notes plus a very detailed essay plan.
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