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NSM 1400 Earth and Space Science - Spring 2021



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Brainstorm Topics

Concept Maps

Create a concept map to brainstorm your topic:

  1. Write down the broad topic or research question.
  2. Brainstorm other related and narrower topics.
  3. Use the phrases and ideas you've developed to choose keywords for your topic.


Example Concept Map:

Image created by Grace Spiewak, Feb. 11, 2021.




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