Using Tables and Figures in Scientific Writing
Universitas Kristen Indonesia
To present his findings, a writer has three options: text (words), tables or figures. Texts are appropriate to use to communicate simple data or results. They are the best option to present findings that could be presented in two to three sentences. However, if the data are too numerous or complicated to be presented in in two to three sentences, tables or figures are most effective to use. They cannot only convey lots of information compactly and with less repetition but also serve as quick references for the reader and can reveal trends, patterns, or relationships that might otherwise be difficult to grasp.
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After studying the short paper, do the exercises you should download from here to assess your skills in using tables and figures in writing a scientific manuscript. To do the exercises, examine each of the cases to identify any elements of the table or figure and text which follows each table or figure that does not meet the guidelines provided in Using Tables and Figures in Scientific Writing. Then suggest appropriate correction to make each element correct.
Write on the reply section this way.
Incorrect elements in Case 1:
1. The figure title should not be on top of the chart. It should have been placed below the chart.
Deadline for posting the answer is Monday, June 1, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Besides posting his/her answers, every students should also criticize 2 (two) other students’ answers by showing at least one weak point in a student’s answers. Deadline for the critic is Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 12:00 pm.
The main goal of the peer critic is to facilitate everyone (the writer, the critic, and the reader) to get better understanding of the topic of Using Tables and Figures in Scientific Writing, to develop critical thinking, and to increase the skills to answer questions. Therefore, don’t hesitate to put your critics to anyone work. The weak points you could comment could be a misconception, grammatical error, inappropriate diction, and other relevant matters which will contribute to the improvement of the answer or work.