This page lists all the graphics shown in the report, according to number, title, and page number on which each appears.

Formatting Considerations for Graphics

  • Do not waste space by having a List of Figures that includes only one figure. If your report contains only a few of each type, combine the lists into one List of Illustrations with subheadings for "Figures" and "Tables."
  • Use informal tables (a tabular form consisting of three to five rows and no more than four columns but lacking a formal number and title) where possible. Place them in the text after an introductory sentence. Therefore, not every table needs formal numbers or titles.
  • Number figures and tables with Arabic numerals (i.e., 1,2 ,3). Place numbers and titles above tables and below figures.
  • Use brief informative titles and axis labels for tables and graphs (NOT "Y vs. X"  BUT "Y as a function of X"); give every column of a table a clearly worded heading and units if necessary.
  • Include numerical values of slope and/or intercept if they are what the results are meant to be; use lines for trends (linear regression, polynomial fit, etc.). Do not connect data points when using a best-fit line.
  • Avoid excessive lines between columns and rows when designing tables; consider scale and use markers only for data points when designing figures.
  • If you must turn a page horizontally to fit a table or figure on the page, rotate the figure so that the top is toward the left margin. NOTE: Remember that the left margin of the report is 1-1/2 inches.

You must integrate figures and tables with your text. Mention the graphic in your text immediately before presenting it (include page number or appendix location if you must place the illustration several pages away from your discussion of it); tell the reader what the illustration is about, present the illustration, and analyze or describe the data it contains.