Formatting your data into Tables

The research methodology adopted by you generates large chunks of data for you to analyze and interpret results. Such pile of varied data can be hard to understand. A better way to use it is by classifying and formatting it into tables, thereby displaying patterns in the gathered data. The representation through tables will help your readers to understand your proposed meaning and elucidation.
A thoughtfully build table is the basis for statistical analysis and graphical presentation. Following points must be kept in mind while using tables:

  • Every table should be given a title or a caption, and must be numbered.
  • Brief description can also be added below the table.
  • A consistent format should be used for all the tables.
  • Headings must be repeated on subsequent pages if the tables split over two or more pages.
  • Proper indenting should be done to ensure that the data is easily readable.
  • Choose the most appropriate location to add the tables. There are three acceptable locations for inserting a table:
    • Within the chapter immediately where it is referred to
    • At the end of the relevant chapter
    • Grouped at the end of the dissertation