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MindMap using


One way to organize your thoughts and guide your research around a topic is to create a mind map or concept map.  Mind mapping is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts. It is a visual brainstorming tool that helps you to better comprehend, analyze, recall and generate new ideas.  This mind map was created using online software from

Why use a concept map or mind map?  

•To aid thinking at the beginning of the research process
•To create a visual overview of a topic
•To develop questions on a topic
•To reveal patterns, themes, and associations between ideas
•To generate the search terms needed to do research
•Builds on what you know and what you don’t know