Written for students, professionals, and social scientists with little or no knowledge of data visualization principles, this complete guide presents step-by-step instructions for clearly and effectively presenting data using MS Office programs. Throughout the book, the focus is on turning raw, quantitative data into attractive, well-designed charts and tables that tell an accurate narrative about underlying information. Helpful illustrations, expert tips for solving common issues, and discussions on working efficiently are included to equip readers with the tools they need to engage their audience using a visual format.

Creating Reports

Learning Objectives

  • Determine if you are creating a report or a presentation
  • Distinguish report types
  • Identify appropriate report formats for varying situations
  • Select appropriate software for creating reports
  • Assemble charts, tables, and text to create reports in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

In the preceding chapters we discussed the creation of individual charts and tables. Although a necessary starting point, most situations will call for analysts and students of data visualization to combine charts, tables, and text to create a report. This chapter covers how to assemble data reports for academic and professional situations. We discuss examples of common report types and offer guidance for using Microsoft Office applications for report creation.

Report or Presentation?

One of the most important questions you need to answer is whether you are creating a ...

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