Mind mapping is a method of writing down information that encourages you to group related ideas together around a central premise. It can be used for personal goals and business, but it's also very useful for academic work.
The University Libraries doesn't owns a copy of Tony Buzan's The Mind Map Book (but you can ILL it). It is a useful guide to learning the process. Some examples of mind maps: http://www.buzan.com.au/learning/mindmapgallery.html
The University of British Columbia produced this video for students interested in mind mapping:
There are dozens of products available for mind mapping for desktop computers, mobile devices, and on the Web. Some of them are paid downloads, others are shareware, and a few are completely free. Although it might be worth experimenting to see which software does best for you, Jason Fitzpatrick of LifeHacker put together a list of five good choices. Here are some others:
FreeMind is a mind-mapping software (written in Java) for PC or Macintosh. One drawback is that the program doesn't support simultaneous collaboration.
MindMup is a very basic mind-mapping site, still in beta (as of this writing). No account required.
Mind42 pronounced "mind for two," this site helps you create free (ad-supported) collaborative mind maps.
Mindomo another free mind-mapping software website, Mindomo works on multiple computer and mobile platforms. There's also a version that's compatible with Google Drive.
XMind (Windows/Mac/Linux, Free). The interface is simple and intuitive to use. You can quickly move through your entire mind map with only a handful of keystrokes or jump over to the outline view for even quicker navigation.