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  • Scatter Plots
    Asked Questions Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Designing Documents Using Figures Scatter Plots S catter plots show correlations between raw data but they are relatively difficult to see and understand Use scatter plots only with specialized audiences Otherwise you may confuse your audience Typically a point on a scatter plot represents thousands of cases A scatter plot is useful to show how citizens vote during an

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  • Photographs
    and exposes the film To learn more explore the following links Improving Quality To shoot good Photographs Know your equipment and how it works Shoot test rolls to learn about your camera Select slow to medium speed films Use black and white negative film when you need black and white prints Use color transparency i e slide film for presentations and for printed publications Have film processed by a professional photographer s laboratory When shooting Photographs Check your camera and batteries to make sure they are working Check and adjust exposures as needed when shooting Use tripod to steady camera if needed Focus carefully Shoot multiple pictures of the same subject Improving Content Good Photographs don t just happen photographers must plan Photographs to show the desired content Having good content begins by planning what you ll show in your Photographs To improve content of your Photographs Plan the content for each Photograph Generate a detailed shooting list Consider the viewer s frame of reference what do they know about your topic Start with the familiar and move to the unfamiliar Shoot a series of photographs to illustrate your points Consider ways to add people animals or other elements to

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  • Line Art
    of the software designed for preparing Line Art To learn more explore the following Uses of Line Art Use line drawings to illustrate key components or parts You ll find Line Art used to show the key parts of such things as equipment plants animals maps Working with Illustrators When you turn to illustrators to help you prepare Line Art consider the following guidelines Provide plenty of lead time for the artist to complete the job Below are some more suggestions when working with illustrators to make the process easier and less time consuming Sketch your ideas even if they are crude Determine the final size of the Line Art Consider what you would delete to simplify the line art if required for budget or time reasons Provide your sketches Explain the final form needed such as printed hard copy graphic file or color slide Using Software If you have access to a computer with drawing software you can produce simple Line Art You ll find two kinds of software drawing and tracing programs such as Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator drag and drop software such as VISIO Using software you can create Line Art save it as a graphics

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  • Maps
    following links for more information on Maps Orientation Maps When preparing Orientation Maps consider the following Provide a general orientation map of the area Provide a second map that details the specific are Simplify the map i e show only key features Orient map with North at the top of the page Provide a distance scale Add legend with symbols if needed Direction Maps When preparing Direction Maps for meetings

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  • Key Parts of Figures
    Maps Key Parts of Figures Targeting to Readers General Guidelines Displaying Figures Commonly Asked Questions Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Designing Documents Using Figures Key Parts of Figures U nlike tables style guides do provide detailed guidelines for the parts of Figures Instead the Figure contains the primary visual component and the caption describes the Figure Previous Continue Introduction Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS SITE

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  • Targeting to Readers
    each kind of Figure consider whether the Figure you plan to use is the best to communicate to your readers Ask the following questions Are readers familiar with the kind of Figure you plan to use Are readers skilled in reading and interpreting the Figure Will your readers understand the abbreviations you re using Do readers have a general knowledge of your topic Will readers interpret the Figure in the

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  • Displaying Figures
    Plots Photographs Line Art Maps Key Parts of Figures Targeting to Readers General Guidelines Displaying Figures Commonly Asked Questions Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Designing Documents Using Figures Displaying Figures Researchers suggest the following Complex visuals work for highly trained professionals Simple graphs work best for readers who lack training Previous Continue Introduction Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS SITE CONTACT Writing CSU is an open

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  • Commonly Asked Questions
    to read through a paragraph or two that describes information in great detail This does not mean however that graphs and charts should take the place of your text You should not simply say Our results are shown in Figures 1 through 9 Instead the primary role of figures isn t to replace but rather to enhance your narrative How are graphs charts and text related The role of figures is to reinforce what your text states and to make some of the text easier to understand Stating information in words gives readers the general idea but seeing it in graphical form makes it clearer At the same time the information you convey in your text also supports your graphic Don t just write that the information can be seen in the graphic Tell your readers what the graphic depicts How many figures should I use Generally having more rather than fewer figures is desirable If the graphics aren t adding anything don t put them in but you can always find opportunities where figures will help Remember you can always place less important figures in an Appendix Where should figures appear in the text Ideally figures should appear on the same page immediately following or adjacent to the first instance when you mention them in your text When you write See Figure One your readers should be able to easily locate the graphic Also your readers will appreciate not having to turn pages and hunt for a graphic Advances in word processing and desktop publishing software make it relatively easy to insert figures within the text itself If it isn t possible to fit a graphic onto the page immediately following or adjacent to its first mention in the text then you should place the graphic on the next

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