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Concept Map Overview
A concept map is:
- a visual tool for generating and organizing ideas
- a way to explore different aspects of a topic
- a method for triggering word associations
Use a concept map to:
- aid thinking at the beginning of the research process
- create a visual overview of a topic
- develop questions on a topic
- reveal patterns, themes, and associations between ideas
- generate search terms to conduct research
How to Create a Concept Map
The process is simple: start with the subject of your research question in the center, then:
- In the space around the central concept, write words or phrases for any relevant subtopics.
- For each of your focus subtopics, add related terms/concepts to your map.
You can use concept mapping software from Bubbl.us or Coggle.it to create your concept map. Pencil and paper also work.
Example of a mind map on Will Smith's body in science fiction films
Example of Concept Map
Concept Map of Ibsen's A Doll's House