I. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on…
– the manner of construction of your research graphic.
– how to submit your research graphic.
II. Research ‘Product’ Construction
Students are asked to present statistical information, relevant to their topic thesis, in a graphic form.
1. The graphic cannot be a duplication of an existing graphic.
2. The statistical information used in the graphic can be derived from any source that will appear on the Annotated Bibliography.
3. There are two forms of graphics: a. Infographic; b. Single graphic with multiple data points (at least three).
4. The student is expected to construct the graphic using any analog or digital tool at their disposal. The data must be presented in a manner that conforms to accepted practices (Key/ Legend, Colors, Graduated Scales, Lines, Bars, etc.)
a. The student must convert the graphic into an image (*.jpg, *.png, *.svg).
b. The image is to be embedded into a text document that is formatted in accordance with the Modern Language Association guidelines for academic papers (see below for links to websites to help you properly format your documents). At the very least, heading, line spacing, margin spacing, page numbering, title, and font style/ size must be addressed.
c. The image must be large enough to see any details but small enough to keep the size of the document (#pages and/ or file size) manageable and appropriate for the purpose.
d. The caption below the image of the graphic should contain the title of the graphic. The graphic title should reflect the student’s aim in presenting that data. For example, a graphic illustrating how World War II fueled the need for a convenient news source in the United States (the ‘Radio’), should be titled so that this nature of the graph is clearly stated (Ex.: Per Capita Radio Purchases from 1939 – 1945 vs. 1932 – 1938).
e. Below the embedded image of the graphic, you should logically interpret the findings illustrated in the graphic using complete sentences. Your written text must also include the context of the data as it relates to your topic thesis. The length of your written text is determined by the depth of your analysis.
f. The finished file should converted into a PDF file and labeled in the following fashion:
Pd#_LastNameFirstName-Graphic (Ex.: 06_SmithJohn-Graphic)
g. Deposit the file into the project folder found within the shared Dropbox folder.
B. MLA Resources
– Purdue’s Online Writing Lab ([https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/])
– EasyBib Citation Generator ([http://www.easybib.com])