Concept mapping is a great strategy to use as you develop a research question. A concept map can help you:
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?
From a disciplinary perspective, think about what kind(s) of scholars might investigate your topic, the kinds of questions scholars and experts in a particular field might ask, how they would ask those questions and what evidence they would use to make their argument.
The process is simple: start with the topic of your research question in the center, then:
You can create a concept map with paper and pencil, or use one of these online tools.