A concept map is a very useful tool in identifying a research topic or need for information. It can be crucial to drafting a research question or thesis statement. The assignment below guides the students to use general information sources (as well as brainstorming) to identify key concepts and vocabulary for a research topic.
Information Literacy Standard covered:
N.J. Information Literacy Standards - Introductory Skills 1(b) : Drafts research question(s) relevant to thesis or information need using unambiguous language. 1(c): Uses general information sources to identify relevant concepts/vocabulary and inform basic understanding of the research topic or information need.