A concept map is:
Use a concept map to:
The process is simple: start with the subject of your research question in the center, then in the space around the central concept, write words or phrases for any relevant subtopics or ideas. Then, for each of your focus subtopics, add related keywords or terms to your map.
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: