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Personal Project & the Media Centre

The Library Media Centre, its staff, and its resources should be part of your Personal Project research.

Need help with the Research Process? Don't know how to use NoodleTools? Need note-taking or Process Journal advice? Want tips on ATLs? Email us to schedule a meeting!

And remember to refer often to the useful files Mr. Smith has provided on Google Drive.

Mrs. Rogers, Head Librarian Ms. Walk, Librarian
Key Information

Search for books, articles, and more in these reputable, academic resources. Many of these tools will require passwords.

The presentation Ms. Rogers gave on Excellent Research Skills is available here.

Download the BIS Personal Project Handbook 2017-18.

BIS is an MLA8 school, and you should be using NoodleTools to compile and maintain your list of Works Cited. Log in with your BIS Google account, and see a librarian for help.

Remember to share your NoodleTools project with the inbox Personal Project (Cindy).

Useful Advice and Tips

The Process Journal is a key element of your Personal Project.

The Four Square Reflection Tool might help you with some of your entries.

Don't forget to highlight any connections to the 10 ATL Skills Clusters in your journal entries:

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Organization
  • Affective
  • Reflection
  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Transfer

Refer often to the IB Learner Profile when writing entries in your Process Journal or final Report.

Which note-taking system are you using for Personal Project?

This article highlights 5 common note-taking strategies. Which others could you use?

Get organized: some note-taking forms are available to print here.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University is where your librarians and teachers go when we need help with MLA8 style and citation. You can use it too!

Want perfect parenthetical, in-text citations?

Watch this tutorial for tips on citing sources, and remember you can ask your librarians for help too.

Many Personal Projects include images. Even if you take the photos yourself, you should be citing them. Review how to cite images in MLA8 style here!

Images available online are not necessarily yours to use. Fair Use Images can be found with Britannica ImageQuest (passwords). Using the "Usage Rights" advanced search in Google Image Search can also help.

Remember to cite all images, even if they are fair use or your personal photos.

Confused about fonts, margins, spacing, headings, etc?

MLA8 is more than a system of citation; it is also a style for structuring papers. Learn how to format your essay here.