A concept map is:
Use a concept map to:
You can create a concept map with pencil and paper or use one of these free online tools:
Concept mapping is a great strategy to use as you develop your thesis. Concept mapping emphasizes relational thinking and can help you see the connections (or lack thereof) between the various elements of your research.
The process is simple: start with the subject of your research question in the center, then:
Review the results of your concept map to help you narrow your focus. What looks interesting? What questions does this early research raise? Ask yourself "how" and "why" questions.
Evaluate your research question using the following criteria: