Tables are very crucial aspects of any detailed research. They engage you with every detail of the data gathered from whom and for what. Most of the times, tables display data in statistical formats which may not be duly represented if written in text. In final year projects for undergraduates, tables as well as charts and graphs serves a hack for data presentation and analysis. However, students go ahead reading research tables in text much after the table analysis; that’s the research error this lesson aims to correct.
If you asked why you have to include tables in your research paper work then you have answers. Basically, tables are used to present data but I suppose you know about this already so other reasons include:-
By the way, that’s an error in research, I’m talking about repeating statistics in the table in text; it is called ‘table reading’ or reading research tables.
The essence of a table is to represent too much detailed information in it so to make way for interpretation in text. However the interpretation does not mean you should read out or write out the same information in text. It simply means you should explain the significance of that table to your research and how much of those numbers or their percentage contributes to your research.
Table reading is a bad research error and it's very common among students project papers. Below are guideline for research table construction and proper data representation so you won’t ever be tempted to read your tables again...
That’s enough to know before drafting your data table. Would you be needing anything else, kindly use the comment box.