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# com220_week4_reading2 - Incorporating Statistics Graphs and...

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Incorporating Statistics, Graphs, and Illustrations Charts, graphs, statistics, illustrations, and other visuals strengthen and support arguments in your research paper in the following ways: By presenting data simply and clearly By presenting numerical relationships visually By capturing your reader’s attention Types of Visuals You can use different types of visuals in a research paper, including the following: Charts and Graphs Pie chart o Purpose: Illustrates the entirety of something divided into parts o Example: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/techcomm8e/tutorials/chartsgraphs/3a.ht ml Gantt chart o Purpose: Displays a schedule or timeline as a bar chart o Example: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/techcomm8e/tutorials/chartsgraphs/3b.ht ml Flow chart o Purpose: Shows the order of steps in a process o Example: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_97.htm Horizontal bar graph o Purpose: Uses rectangular bars to compare two or more values o Example: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/techcomm8e/tutorials/chartsgraphs/3c.ht ml Vertical bar graph o Purpose: Uses rectangular bars to compare two or more values o Example: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/techcomm8e/tutorials/chartsgraphs/3d.ht ml Line graph

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o Purpose: Uses points to create a line in order to show comparisons o Example: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/techcomm8e/tutorials/chartsgraphs/3e.ht ml Tables o Purpose: Arranges data in rows and columns o Example: See Ch. 1 in Axia College’s Writing Style Handbook at https://axiaecampus.phoenix.edu/Writing_Style_Handbook_AxiaUOP.pdf Illustrations Timeline o Purpose: Shows a sequence of events, such as historical or scientific events o Example: http://www.microsoft.com/education/timelinesword.mspx Drawings o
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