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The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers, Second Edition

Second Edition

Earning praise from scientists, journalists, faculty, and students, The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers has helped thousands of writers communicate data clearly and effectively. Its publication offered a much-needed bridge between good quantitative analysis and clear expository writing, using straightforward principles and efficient prose. With this new edition, Jane Miller draws on a decade of additional experience and research, expanding her advice on reaching everyday audiences and further integrating non-print formats.
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.

A supplementary website for students and instructors is available.

360 pages | 22 halftones, 47 line drawings, 23 tables | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015

Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing

Economics and Business: Economics--Econometrics and Statistics

Political Science: Public Policy

Reference and Bibliography

Sociology: General Sociology

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Boxes
1 Introduction

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
Appendix A.
Implementing “Generalization, Example, Exceptions” (GEE)

Appendix B.
Comparison of Research Papers, Posters, and Speeches

Reference List

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