According to Product Design, a concept map, or mind map is a diagram used to represent ideas linked to, and arranged radially around, a central key word or idea.
Mind mapping involves writing down a central idea and thinking up new and related ideas, which radiate out from the center. By focusing on key ideas, and then looking for branches out and connections between the ideas, you can map out your knowledge in a manner that will help reframe your knowledge.
When you take the time to concept map your topic, you're breaking your research into smaller, more manageable parts.
To set up my concept map, I used ProCon.Org. I will use this site to define the scope of my question.
For the concept of Felon Disenfranchisement, my research will take me in many directions. First I need to understand how felon disenfranchisement laws work, and define the ideals of a free society. I also need to understand how felon disenfranchisement disproportionately affects people of color. I also need to consider the fact that felons have been punished, and many people feel that this should include permanent disenfranchisement.
Your concept map can also serve as a rough draft for your essay outline.