At the moment students of Pre-IB are working on a project about Turkey and that country’s chances/process of joining the European Union. Here are some helpful links, tips and resources to help you in your work!
Facts and concepts
First, when you set out to find facts, it´s good to start out by researching a broad spectrum of sites and resources. That way you can get familiarized with names, words and concepts. That will be very helpful when you continue to do research. Instead of just Google:ing it´s good to do a search directly on sites, databases, homepages on so on. All the answers can´t be found in the same place so look at different sites and resources. Choose the sites and resources in accordance with the questions that you are asking. If you want to learn more about EU´s demands on prospective member states, do a search on the official homepage of the EU, for example. But if you want to get the most out of Google you should check out Google Search Tips & Tricks.
The other week there was a diplomatic incident between the Vatican and Turkey. This incident is something that may affect Turkey’s chances of joining the EU. Finding out more about this incident could be vital for your research. So, in order to get more information on this topic you should do a search on, for example, the following news sites; BBC, Al Jazeera, SVT (Swedish-language) CNN and Hurriyet Daily News. Trying using the following databases as well; Global Issues and Newsbank (you can find links to these databases on the right hand side on this blog). For general information on a specific country you can check out Landguiden (in Swedish) and the CIA World Factbook (in English).
When reading books and checking out online encyclopedias and sites, it is important to be source critical! There are a few questions you always should ask yourself when looking at news sites and databases. Those questions can be found here. Remember them!
Citation and footnotes
When you write your essay you will have to follow a certain format when it comes to citation, bibliography and so on. At our school the standard format for writing is the MLA format. You can find more information about the MLA here. If you will be making use of footnotes in your work you can find more facts about how to use footnotes (Oxford-style) here. Bibme is a nice citation generator that could be a helpful when creating references for your work. Always double-check the references though!