Writing Tips #27



—  1. If you present your data in a table or graph, include a title describing what’s in the table (“Enzyme activity at various temperatures”, not “My results”.) For graphs, you should also label the x and y axes.
—  2. Don’t use a table or graph just to be “fancy”. If you can summarize the information in one sentence, then a table or graph is not necessary.:Captions should not merely name a table or figure, they should explain how to read it.
A caption (figure or table heading) should contain sufficient information so that a reader can understand a table or figure, in most cases, without reference to the text. Very simple tables and figures may require only a title for clarity, and exceptionally complex ones may require reference to the text for explanation.
Do not leave caption writing to the end of the project; write captions when you organize your Results section and it will help you write the text.

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