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1.1d Identifying Key Words or Concepts

Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder? Domestic violence or family violence? Every discipline employs jargon. Jargon is a specialized language used in a discipline such as sociology or psychology, or a profession such as law or medicine.  It is important to search for the terms that will provide the results that are most suitable to the paper you are writing. For example, if you are writing a paper about mental illness, which term produces results that are appropriate for your paper? Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder? If there is a difference, what is it? This is one instance where a Dictionary of Psychology is useful.

it is also important to understand key concepts. This 4-minute video, developed for Douglas College Library, illustrates how key concepts are developed using the idea of concept mapping, This is really a form of brainstorming, trying to discern and understand correlations between college students, academic achievement (grades) and study habits, as one example.

"Concept mapping, or mind-mapping, should be used by everyone - not just college students"

"I have found that a half hour of planning will save hours of writing, and if you write for a living like me, that is a lot of time!"

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