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Lesson & Assignment Details

You will use this libguide, and other research, to produce a practice IA entitled:
"Pseudoscience -to what extent can Alfred Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift be regarded as an example?". 
It should be no more than eight pages in length NOT including works cited and diagrams.  All sources must be appropriately referenced.
Some hints:
- clearly define pseudocience
- 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.  
You can use the earlier definition of pseudocience, the scientific checklist and the NoS themes to help you with this.
- 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


9 Lost Worlds

Science Referencing and Bibliography


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  • Know alternative names/spellings for your topic
  • Your main focus is to ask a specific research question and answer it using evidence..
  • Start Early. Proper research takes time.  The better your research, the easier you will find writing the paper.  

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