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POSC-108: China: Continuity and Change


This guide will help you find evidence for your policy memo. Use the menu on the left to find suggested resources and starting points for your research.

Any questions? Ask us!

Make a research appointment to meet individually (via Zoom) with a Research & Instruction librarian. You can request your specific subject librarianthey're shown in the Subject Librarian box. You can also email them directly, or email us at for general questions or for questions about your account.

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    (or whenever the Mammoth isn't skeletal)

Concept Mapping

A concept map is a visual organization/representation of knowledge. Concept mapping:

  • Uses free association
  • Aids in developing questions
  • Reveals themes and patterns
  • Helps identify gaps and connections

Concept mapping at the start of the research process can be particularly useful for helping you understand what you know and what you still need to learn. It can also help to clarify the kinds of research methods, resources, and tools you need to consult to better develop and understand your topic.

Concept Mapping Handout