Using the Mind Map

The Mind Map is a visual search tool that displays the connections between Credo Reference search results in a visual, interactive and easy-to-use format. It enables you to quickly find information when you don't know what to look for, when you need topic ideas for papers or research projects, or want to expand your knowledge of a given area.

The Mind Map may be viewed in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer. 

Mind Map

  1. Choose "Mind Map" from the drop down menu or click "Mind Map" in the toolbar.

  2. Type your search term

  3. Click Search

  4. The map displays your search term at the center of the map and related in the surrounding ring.  The surrounding concepts represent concepts that show up most frequently with the central concept, in Credo's content as a whole.  The bigger the font size, the more frequently the concepts occur together.   The panel on the right shows Credo reference articles related to the central concept. 

Mind Map

 

  1. Click on any term in the map to re-center the search around that node, with new words populating the map in new directions.

Mind Map

 

  1. The terms listed on the right will always match the center of your map. Click one to read the full text of the Credo article in a new tab.

Mind Map

 

7.  The terms that you've visited are saved in the Recent Mind Maps list at the bottom of the Mind Map. 

Mind Map

 

8.  Click on any term to return to that view of the map.

Mind Map