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Learn how to brainstorm, and how to use brainstorming techniques on your research projects. Brainstorming can help you develop an idea for a topic or thesis and identify questions and keywords. (See Information Literacy Outcomes)
Brainstorming, mindmaps and concepts maps are terms that are often used interchangeably. There are some differences, but for this lesson they all refer to a quick, simple technique for generating and focusing ideas and making connections between concepts. All you need is a pencil and paper (or a whiteboard and markers!).
Start with a single idea: "The broad subject I'm thinking about is: [fill in with a single word or short phrase]." Then simply write all the ideas and concepts you can think of related to the central idea.
Regardless of what you call it, the secret is to free yourself from rules. Don't worry about grammar, spelling, or formatting. Just jot down ideas until you can't think of anymore, then go back and make connections between the ideas. If an idea appeals to you, make it the center idea on a new piece of paper and brainstorm more details.
Brainstorming/mindmapping in action
Here's an example of a more structured mindmap. The student used colors to organize her ideas: red is the idea she started with, green are broader concepts, black are subtopics. She put a red star on the topic she decided to focus on.
Here's another more formal example of brainstorming to go from a broad topic (global warming) to more narrower topics (like environment and political), to even more narrow topics (like rising sea levels and roles of government).
Try it yourself
When you're ready to brainstorm, just grab a pencil and paper and give it a try. There are also several online tools available. Try Popplet or for other online tools, just search mind mapping tools or brainstorming tools in your favorite browser.