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Human Development & Family Sciences Subject Guide — Find Statistics

Guide to Resources for Human Development & Family Sciences

Writing With Statistics

Using statistics allow writers to support their arguments with convincing evidence. Statistics also enables writers to draw conclusions and argue specific sides of issues. If you aren't familiar or haven't previously used statistics in your research and work, here are some resources to help you incorporate statistics into your paper.  

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
Call Number: 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.