A recent post in a closed Facebook group for IB Diploma Programme Extended Essay Coordinators asked, “Would this be a complete reference for a painting?”
There followed a curious discussion, some 20 comments long. The discussion inspired this blog post – and also got me reviving a post I started earlier this year on the same theme but had not managed to finish. I have now. My earlier thoughts are weaved in below, but let’s start with this recent, curious discussion.
The very first response declared,
The EE guide specifies that all online sources must have [Date accessed etc]
and thereafter the discussion focused on the date of access and its formatting and placement. After the person who posted the original question pointed out that the suggested reference did include the date of access (“Retrieved July 30, 2019)” that first responder came back with
(the Guide) requests a specific format for this and this point was reiterated in a workshop.
This same responder said in a later comment that the workshop leader had explained that having the date accessed in square brackets at the end of the reference enabled the examiner quickly to determine that the date of access had been included.
This raises a number of points – as it did in the discussion. Yes, on the page headed Acknowledging the ideas or work of another person—minimum requirements, the Guide states that date of access must be included in any reference to an electronic source (whatever that means, the starting point for my original blog post as taken up below)
Regardless of the reference style adopted by the school for a given subject, it is expected that the minimum information given includes:
- name of author
- date of publication
- title of source
- page numbers as applicable
- date of access (electronic sources)
and goes on to state
Examiners are required to alert the IB when minimum requirements are not met by a student, and the work is investigated accordingly.
IB has its own requirements for referencing. While the IB does not legislate which referencing style is used, it does require that the style used is used consistently. IB also advises that when its own requirements are different to those in a published style guide, then IB requirements must be followed. This is acceptable. Many if not most of the published style guides state explicitly that, if an instructor’s, school’s, institution’s or publisher’s requirements are different to the suggestions in the style guide, writers should meet the requirements of the instructor (etc). Say it loud: even if a style guide recommends that date of access is not needed, for IB assessments the date of access is needed.
But, despite our workshop’s participant’s protestation, the IB does not prescribe Continue reading →