Brainstorming about your research topic is an essential step in the research process. Concept maps are a great tool for brainstorming and connecting your ideas.
1) Open the link to MindMup here.
2) Put your topic or topic question in the middle of the page.
3) Use the "Add Child" button, which looks like this: to branch out from your topic. Try to think of 3-5 major concepts that relate to your topic.
4) Use some background sources to discover words that are related to or synonyms of your 3-5 major concepts. Use the same button () to continue branching off. See how many words you can think of!