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Photography Research

A research guide created for students in the photography program at Lesley University's College of Art & Design.

What is concept modelling?

Concept modelling is a methodology used to breakdown information to make connections to broader themes, issues, and ideas. Concept maps usually take shape in the form of graphic representations or maps and allow you to externalize your thinking processes and connect abstract ideas into a visual structure like mind-mapping.

Mind Mapping


Library of Congress: Primary Source Analysis Tool

Use this tool (worksheet) from the Library of Congress to help organize your thoughts about and analysis of works of art (click on the image below).


  • Concept Maps: diagrams that show relationships, links or associations between concepts.
  • Concept Mapping: a technique to show concepts and their relationships with each other through labeled arrows.
  • Mind Maps: The organization of mind maps reflects how the mind processing thinking as ideas arise
  • Mind Mapping: A process that brainstorms ideas, words, tasks or other elements and arranges them in groups around a central notion

Definitions taken from "Collaborative Learning using Concept Mapping," by Patricia Lupion Torres & Rita de Cassia Veiga Marriot


For drawing out your ideas and concepts, we recommend the old fashioned pencil & paper!

But if you prefer to go digital, then check out these tools:

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