Table and charts

Different types of tables and charts and their functions:

 

Table

Line Graph

Bar
Graph

Picto-graph

Pie
Chart

Find and use data, facts or advice

 

 

 

 

Understand the relationship among variables

 

 

 

 

Compare quantities

 

 

 

See a trend

 

 

 

See the relative sizes of the parts that make up a whole

 

 

 

 

Some general reminders for making tables and charts:

  • Number the table or chart
  • Give the table or chart a title
  • Label clearly the x and y axes of the graph
  • Use tick marks to indicate units on the axis
  • Quote the source of the data
  • Any other things that the reader needs to know to understand the table or chart

For more details about different types of tables and charts, see the following reference books:
Anderson, P. V. 2007. Technical Communication: A Reader-Centered Approach. (6th ed.). Boston: Thomson Wadsworth.
Reep, D. C. 2009. Technical Writing: Principles, strategies, and readings. (7th ed.). New York: Longman.

Source:

Anderson, P. V. 2007. Technical Communication: A Reader-Centered Approach. (6th ed.). Boston: Thomson Wadsworth.
Reep, D. C. 2009. Technical Writing: Principles, strategies, and readings. (7th ed.). New York: Longman.