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.
Ask yourself: what do I already know about my topic? what am I curious about? what kind of information do I need, and where am I likely to find it?
Think about what the various perspectives are on this topic, and what you do or don't know about them. Who is studying this topic? What types of research have been done? What connections could be made between these sources?
The process is simple: start with the subject of your research question in the center, then: