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AC1 Research Paper

Research guide for the AC1 research paper.

What is a Concept Map?

A concept map helps you organize what you know about your topic. It is a lot like brainstorming because it helps to get information out of our heads and challenges us to identify important concepts and ideas. However, unlike brainstorming, concept mapping asks us to define how these essential components relate to each other. It results in maps that are structured and complex, but also more informative.


Your map will include key events, people, places, time periods, and ideas, as well as their relationships to one another. All concepts are linked together with words or phrases that define the relationship. Make a concept map to:

  • see connections between ideas
  • narrow your topic
  • generate questions to guide your research

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