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ENG101: College Writing (Rua-Larsen): Concept Mapping

What is a Concept Map?

According to Product Design, a concept map, or mind map is a diagram used to represent ideas linked to, and arranged radially around, a central key word or idea.

Mind mapping involves writing down a central idea and thinking up new and related ideas, which radiate out from the center. By focusing on key ideas, and then looking for branches out and connections between the ideas, you can map out your knowledge in a manner that will help reframe your knowledge.

Concept Map for the Franklin Expedition

Why Concept Mapping Can Help

When you take the time to concept map your topic, you're breaking your research into smaller, more manageable parts.


Concept maps will help me to define what I want to research. By thinking about the different contexts, methods, and reasons in which information is censored, we can focus in on exactly what information we'd like to pursue. 

Your concept map can also serve as a rough draft for your essay outline.

Mind Map: Censorship