TODALS is used to create self warranty of the class. in some geography classes, specifically for teaching students how to make maps. It is an acronym for "Title, Orientation (directions), Date, Author, Legend (key) or Label, Scale", and Source. Seven components that are included on a useful map. Reportedly, the term originated by the National Geographic Society of the United States.
Title - should be pertaining to the subject of the map.
Orientation - Compass Rose. Should indicate North.
Date, the time/date it was created
Author - Who created the map.
Legend - What symbols mean on the map.
Scale - The distance of a certain length