I'm a visual person, and I had a large whiteboard installed in my house where I roughed out my research project that has become my diss.
This past year I've mentally added to this, but more in outline and list form as I read medieval and early modern works. This summer though, as I read for comps and start roughing out chapters, I wanted a visual that I could use for reference. While my chapters divide the devil into the markers of Physical Description, Personality, and Actions, within those chapters, I will work through the works in chronological order so I can illustrate the evolution of the devil. So I wanted a visual to reference. And since I no longer have a 8' whiteboard, I was looking for a digital version.
What I found was this:
So far I like it.
I can add images/book covers so I can visually "see" what I'm doing, it places the works according to the dates I put in automatically, and I can continually update, add, revise as needed.
What about you? What visual organizers did/do you use for organizing your dissertation or other writing projects?