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8.1: Deciding which graphics to include

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  • As you review your research and begin to think about possible visuals to include in your report, the first step is to consider which graphics are most appropriate given the data you wish to convey. The table below provides some general guidelines on the kind of graphic most suitable given the type of information.

    Information to Convey Visual Type
    Numbers, percentages, categories Tables, charts
    Processes Flow charts
    Geographic data Maps
    Chronological or prioritized lists Numbered lists
    Non-chronological lists Bulleted lists

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    This chapter was derived by Annemarie Hamlin, Chris Rubio, and Michele DeSilva, Central Oregon Community College, from Online Technical Writing by David McMurrey – CC: BY 4.0

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