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Mind Maps Help Explain Complex Information & Relationships

Yet another one from the latest edition of Law Library Journal (Winter 2007). In her column, Technology for Everyone . . ., Diane Murley explains Mind Mapping Complex Information.

Ms. Murley introduces mind mapping as a technique for handling complex information, discusses its application to some functions of law librarians, and lists some of the software that can be used to create mind maps.

I was introduced to mind maps when I had the pleasure of presenting with Diane at the BlawgThink back in 2005. We were given a copy of MindManager and it didn't take long to get hooked. I've used it a number of times for presentations and find that it really helps me explain complex relationships. Mind maps are great for visual learners.

Diane has shared her legal research mind maps at Law Dawg Blawg.

Although I've not used it, Diane notes that FreeMind offers no-cost open-source mind-mapping software. Definitely worth a look if you want to get started with mind maps.


The Center for Instructional Media and Computing (CIMC) on the UW-Madison campus has similar software in their computer labs (Inspiration and Kidspiration). See their guide to "Exploring Concept Maps in Teaching & Learning" - http://cimc.education.wisc.edu/staff/catherine/inspirationres.html

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