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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ESL Graduate Student Guide

A guide to the University Library for English as a Second Language graduate students.

How to Fill Out a Concept Map

Step 1: Write the topic for your paper in the box at the top of the Concept Map.

Underline the keywords or keyword phrases for your topic. These are the main ideas for your topic and they can be single words or phrases. They are usually nouns.

Step 2: Write your keywords in the three boxes in the middle of the page, putting each word in a separate box.

For each of your keywords, add some alternative keywords in the box. The alternative keywords will be synonyms, or other words that may be used to describe aspects of your topic.

Download a Concept Map