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Why create a concept map?

A concept map is a visualization of key idea in your research and the relationships between them. To create a concept map, pick out the main concepts of your topic and brainstorm everything you know about them, drawing shapes around your concepts and clustering the shapes in a way that's meaningful to you. How can this help?

  • Helps you pull back to see the broader concepts at play.
  • Can help identify the subject-based tool where literature can be found. 
  • Helps clarify both what you already know and where you have gaps in your knowledge.