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Preparing_Tables - Preparing Tables When Is a Table...

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Tables Chem 391 Page 1 of 3 Preparing Tables When Is a Table Appropriate? When data can = t be presented clearly as narrative; use a table only when text won’t suffice When precise numbers are needed To supplement (not duplicate) text and figures To succinctly summarize information General Information on tables Are much more expensive than text Should be simple and concise Should be designed to conserve space Should be consistent: similar elements of similar tables should be similar Employ symbols and abbreviations to clarify and save space Informal (In-Text) Tables Should contain only 3–5 lines Should have fewer than 4 columns in the table Must fit in one text column Have no title or number Don’t contain footnotes Formal Tables—General Rules More than simple lists, which are usually expressed as informal tables All tables must be referred to in text Use a descriptive title (see below—tables do not have captions)
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