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Mind Mapping

A mind map is a graphical method of note taking that can help organise your ideas on a topic, including more detailed information on related sub-topics.   Mind maps help users to understand concepts and build connections by associating words with images in an easy to remember diagram. Through the use of colors, links and images, mind mapping encourages users to begin with a central topic and expand outwards to more in-depth sub-topics.

What are mind maps?

A mind map:

  • Is a diagram showing a visual representation of thoughts and ideas
  • Portrays a central theme or topic with its associated sub-topics radiating outwards
  • Is based on hierarchies and tree structures which denote relationships with the central theme
  • Uses words, images and colours to shows the links between different concepts


What can mind maps be used for?

Mind maps can be used for just about anything in your work, course or degree.
A mind map can help you:

  • Capture and organise your ideas on a subject
  • Visualise a whole concept
  • Problem solve complex issues
  • Take notes and plan essays and reports
  • Revise for exams by condensing information into easy to remember diagrams


Inspirationtm is a visually creative, mind mapping tool for PCs and Macintosh computers. Users ideas are represented as symbols which are linked together to form a diagram.  The symbols can be represented as images or text and additional notes, sound files and document or web links can be added, where necessary.  Diagrams can easily be viewed as a linear-style list before they are exported to a word processor for editing and printing.

The MCS currently offers access to Inspiration 7.6 for PCs and Macintoshes.



Inspiration: Part 1 – Getting Started

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Inspiration: Part 2 – More features

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