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Extended Essay: Learn from the Work of Others

A guide to the research and writing process required for students completing the IB Extended Essay.

Learn from the Work of Others

Books and Papers - Britannica Image Quest.On this page you will find examples of Extended Essay titles used by IB students in the past.

 IB examiners gave all of these essays a mark of either A or B.

Contact Susan Trowerr if you would like to have a PDF file of any of these essays emailed to you.

Examples of Extended Essay Titles


  • The effect of age and gender on the photoreceptor cells in the human retina  
  • The relationship between the population density of Pandanus heliacorpus and and the population size of Macrobrachrium rosenbergii sp.


  • Ascertaining the Concentration of Copper Ions in Water Using Quantitative Techniques: Spectrophotometry and redox potential  

English A, Group 1

  • Identity issues faced by the African-American characters of Toni Morrison's novels "Beloved" and "Song of Solomon"
  • Motherhood, Life, and Death: The human body in Sylvia Plath’s Ariel 

English B, Group 2

  • Portrayal of the social situation of African Americans in "The Help" 
  • Social impacts of video games and societies 


  • Continuity and change in Japanese policy towards Jewish refugees in Shanghai, 1938-1943  
  • The early development of football in San Jose, Costa Rica as a reflection of the ongoing social and political disputes 
  • The failure of the German V-Weapon program, 1943-1945  
  • From Dracula’s Nose to Lizzie’s Locks:  How the Whitechapel Murders of 1888 Resulted in a New Sense of Identity for Victorian Londoners
  • The role of Èmile Zola's "J'accuse" in the Dreyfuss affair

Literature and Performance

  • Counterculture Icon or Artistic Memoir: Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”


  • Higher Dimensional Generalizations of Pascal's Triangle


  • Investigation of the effects the change in vertical centre has on the stability of a canoe


  • Legitimizing Jihad: Hezbollah's Lebanonization process 
  • U.S. Intervention in Iraq: Why the prospect of an ideal democratic government in the State of Iraq is unatainable  


  • British Pantomine:  Its unique characteristics and their origins 


Extended Essays. 2014, 2015, 2016. MS. West Sound Acad. Lib., Poulsbo. 

"Extended Essay." Online Curriculum Centre (OCC). International Baccalaureate 
     Organization, n.d. Web. 17 July 2015. <>. 

Vansickle, Sharon, and Penny Johnson. "Extended Essay Teacher Training 
     Workshop." Paper Presented at International Baccalaureate, IB Americas, 
     English, Training in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, April, 2011. PDF file. 

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