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How to Cite Data: Statistics & Writing

Using Statistics in your Paper

Here are some resources to help you gracefully incorporate statistics into your paper.

Writing With Statistics
"This handout explains how to write with statistics including quick tips, writing descriptive statistics, writing inferential statistics, and using visuals with statistics."  From the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
Call Number: Reference BF76.7 .P83 2010
The APA Style Manual includes more than just guidelines for citing resources.  It also includes chapters on the entire writing process.  Chapter 4, "The mechanics of style" includes sections on how to write with numbers(pp. 111-114) and how to write statistical and mathematical copy (pp. 115-124).  The section on statistical copy explains how to write formulas, how to report inferential statistics in text, and proper use of statistical symbols.  Chapter 5, "Displaying results" (pp. 125-168) covers how to format tables and figures.