A unique approach weaves background information about data with practical, hands-on lessons that develop fundamental research skills all students should understand. Easy-to-follow tutorials provide readers with step-by-step instructions to quickly begin analyzing data without having advanced knowledge of data analysis or statistics. Extensive illustrations throughout the book demonstrate to readers how to understand data. End-of-chapter On Your Own exercises challenge readers to develop their skills through easy-to-use data files and questions to reinforce the chapter learning objectives. Student Study Site includes data sets that readers can use to test their data literacy

Charting in Excel

Now we will use Excel to create the charts that we saw in Chapter 12. Download the charting.xlsx file from the website for this book and open it. It contains seven worksheets, which have labels on their tabs. The first one is Degrees conferred. This sheet, like all of the others, has data that have been edited and formatted so it’s easier to create the charts. Often, the data we want to use for our charts are stored in columns or rows that aren’t neighbors. That makes it challenging to highlight just what we need. The data sources are noted at the bottom of each sheet and include URLs for download.

Pie chart

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