The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers, Second Edition
Miller, an experienced teacher of research methods, statistics, and research writing, opens by introducing a set of basic principles for writing about numbers, then presents a toolkit of techniques that can be applied to prose, tables, charts, and presentations. Throughout the book, she emphasizes flexibility, showing writers that different approaches work for different kinds of data and different types of audiences.
The second edition adds a chapter on writing about numbers for lay audiences, explaining how to avoid overwhelming readers with jargon and technical issues. Also new is an appendix comparing the contents and formats of speeches, research posters, and papers, to teach writers how to create all three types of communication without starting each from scratch. An expanded companion website includes new multimedia resources such as slide shows and podcasts that illustrate the concepts and techniques, along with an updated study guide of problem sets and suggested course extensions.
This continues to be the only book that brings together all the tasks that go into writing about numbers, integrating advice on finding data, calculating statistics, organizing ideas, designing tables and charts, and writing prose all in one volume. Field-tested with students and professionals alike, this holistic book is the go-to guide for everyone who writes or speaks about numbers.
List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Boxes
Part I. Principles
2 Seven Basic Principles
3 Causality, Statistical Significance, and Substantive Significance
4 Five More Technical Principles
Part II. Tools
5 Basic Types of Quantitative Comparisons
6 Creating Effective Tables
7 Creating Effective Charts
8 Choosing Effective Examples and Analogies
Part III. pulling it all together
9 Writing about Distributions and Associations
10 Writing about Data and Methods
11 Writing Scientific Papers and Reports
12 Speaking about Numbers
13 Writing for Applied Audiences: Issue Briefs, Chartbooks, Posters, and General-Interest Articles
Implementing “Generalization, Example, Exceptions” (GEE)
Comparison of Research Papers, Posters, and Speeches