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Try it Out-1: Mind Mapping
1. Use the Mind Map Chart to group related ideas
Think about which concepts go well together. Then, select terms from the bank below and drag them to the place in the chart that makes the most sense to you. There is no wrong way to organize these terms, but it will help to consider which terms are general and which terms are more specific.
- Look at how you've grouped the terms in your mind map. Which terms did you put together and why?
- Compare your mind map with a partner. Did they choose and arrange the terms differently than you? Discuss how you decided to group your terms.
Blank Concept map
Concept Map Template
Template that you can use to create a concept map - feel free to draw other boxes, shapes, and lines to connect terms and ideas.
This tool, from the U of Minnesota, helps break down research assignments into steps and gives due dates for each step.
Keeping Track of Your Search
Search Grid Example
|Search Terms and/or Phrases Used
||Number of Initial Results
||Filters applied and How that Changed
||Relevancy of Results
|(CTE OR "chronic traumatic Encephalopathy" OR Concussion) AND communication
||+ Academic Journals (112)
+ 2008-2018 (111)
Broad range of articles.
|"traumatic brain injury" OR TBI AND "social communication"
||+ 2008-2018 (13)
||4 great articles
Basic Search Grid
Basic search grid, like the one used above. You can use this to track your search results and use them for future reference if you need to try similar searches using different tools.
Guided Search Grid
A search grid with guided questions to help you think through the search process.
Using And, Or and Not
Use the words and, or, and not combined with keywords or subject terms to give you ways to improve your results.
And narrows a topic, e.g., sports AND women retrieves all items pertaining to both topics.
Or expands a topic, e.g., sports OR women retrieves all items pertaining to either topic, getting you many items about sports that don't mention women and vice versa.
Not is used to exclude unwanted topics,
Here is a video with a whimsical example of Boolean searching.