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Q. Organizing Ideas and Brainstorming


One way the Knowledge Market describes those early stages of organizing your ideas is by "idea mapping."


Idea mapping is a brainstorming technique that lets you visualize concepts and ideas. Also known as “mind mapping” or “concept mapping,” this technique starts with a research question or main idea, then adds branches with synonyms, related topic, keywords, and examples.


The following image is an example of idea mapping. This technique can be used to generate keywords or main ideas based on your research question. It can also be helpful in making connections between ideas.





Considering browsing these helpful handouts:  

  1. Brainstorming: Asking Questions
  2. Brainstorming Tips
  3. Broadening your topic (Brainstorming)
  4. Choosing a Topic from a Theme
  5. Choosing a Topic from Scratch
  6. Choosing a Topic with Subject Terms
  7. Keyword (Brainstorming)
  8. Narrowing your Topic (Brainstorming)
  9. Overcoming Writer's Block
  10. Research Question Development
  11. The Communication Triangle
  12. Symptoms and Cures for Writer's Block - Purdue OWL

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  • Last Updated Nov 08, 2019
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  • Answered By Francesca Golus

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