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You will use this libguide, and other research, to produce a practice IA entitled "To what extent can Alfred Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift be regarded as a scientific paradigm shift?".  It should be no more than six pages in length including works cited and diagrams.  All sources must be appropriately referenced.
Some hints:
- clearly define a paradigm shift
- thoroughly explain Wegener's theory and relate it clearly to earlier ideas
- discuss in what ways Wegener's work represents good science and bad science
- discuss Wegener's impact on later scientific discoveries
- reach a balanced conclusion to all aspects of the question
- restrict biographical details to those relevant to the question
- restrict pictures/diagrams to those which aid the understanding of the text

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  • Start Early. Proper research takes time.  The better your research, the easier you will find writing the paper.  

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