Figures and Figure Legends Lesson Plan Two

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Figures and Figure Legends:

Figures and Figure Legends

Figures are most appealing when they:

Figures are most appealing when they Have 3:2 proportions Are boxed when there is relatively little ink in the figure Are unboxed if there are numerous lines, bars or columns Section 5.2, Writing Scientific Research Articles: Strategy and Steps, 1 st edition. By M. Cargill and P.O’Connor . Published 2009 by Blackwell Publishing.

Common weakness of figures:

Common weakness of figures Relationship between figures is not obvious Weak descriptive titles The shape does not emphasize the main results Clutter No axes labels Unnecessary numbering Data categories not sorted to show priorities or important relationships Section 5.2, Writing Scientific Research Articles: Strategy and Steps, 1 st edition. By M. Cargill and P.O’Connor . Published 2009 by Blackwell Publishing.

Five parts of figure legends:

Five parts of figure legends A title which summarizes what the figure is about Details of results or models shown in the figure Additional explanation of the components of the figure Description of the units or statistical notation included Explanation of any other symbols or notation used Do YOUR figure legends provide all necessary and relevant information? Do they tell your story? Section 5.4, Writing Scientific Research Articles: Strategy and Steps, 1 st edition. By M. Cargill and P.O’Connor . Published 2009 by Blackwell Publishing.

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