I'm currently conducting a literature review. To most efficiently organize "subjects" and "corresponding authors", I've tried various software.
For example, I've tried the following software:
- Free Mind
- Mind Map
- Systemizer Software
While all of the above are great products (and I've used them in the past for other purposes), they don't seem to work -- from my perspective -- for a literature review.
- I envision to add containers for keywords. Given that subjects will be interrelated, I need to be able to draw connectors among them (vs. just adding child nodes).
- For each container, I'd like to "explode" to the next level in order to show several numbers individually.
Problems with software tried thus far:
Visio -- while it does allow to connect as many containers as needed, I don't think I can collapse/explode a container.
MindMap/FreeMind -- while I can keep adding children nodes, I can't see to draw lines/connector in order to visualize a relationship across several nodes on the same level.
I'm not trying to make it overly complicated but I'd like to show the following:
1. A diagram showing a bunch of containers/boxes and how they relate to each other
2. On the next level, show the supporting authors who have contributed to a subject
3. Ideally, switch the view and generate a report/diagram where author = parent and all supporting subjects are listed as children.
And btw, did I mention that "free software" would be ideal?
Thanks for any recommendations.