Mind Mapping

Mind Maps are visual diagrams that allow you to effectively organize information.

To construct a mind map, you begin by putting your topic in the center of the page. Then, using brainstorming techniques, you list ideas associated with the topic branching out from the map. The main branches"”which can be color coordinated"”then have new branches of association coming off of them.

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The template for a "Mind Map on the Six Questions" was created by Charles Cave and is reprinted with his permission. Additional templates for mind maps are available at his web site.

The Star Diagram exercise I designed for getting ideas for writing a paper is a variation on mind mapping.

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Charles Cave created this mind map template based on the standard questions asked by the five basic questions used by journalists: who, what, when, where, and why.