How To Create Tables In Research That Are Effective?

What will you learn?

  1. The most effective type of display to present your research data
  2. Key visual formats commonly used by researchers to present data
  3. How to pick the right format to complement the information in your paper
  4. How to create and format tables that highlight your findings and drive impact


Course Description

Research often involves large amounts of numerical or statistical data, and scientific graphs and tables are a great tool to represent this in a compact, easy-to-understand way. By providing large amounts of information in a short time span, these visual elements are effective to grab the reader’s attention, making it an important part of any research study. However, condensing large amounts of information is not easy; in fact, not everyone gets it right!

This well-structured program equips you with the skills to present your scientific data effectively. It will help you understand the differences between three main visual formats – tables, charts, and diagrams – so that you can choose the format that is best suited for your data. The course also includes detailed tips on creating tables as well as formatting them and making them attractive and impactful. Toward the end of the program, you will know how to condense and frame large amounts of information in a compact, visually appealing manner that showcases your findings and makes your work more readable.


What topics will you cover?

  1. Introduction
  2. Objectives of the course
  3. All about data displays
  4. Choose the right data display
  5. Characteristics of good data display
  6. Introduction to tables
  7. Components of a table
  8. Creating table content
  9. Formatting table contents
  10. Notes in tables
  11. Dealing with large tables
  12. Presenting data in a table
  13. Summary
  14. Check your understanding


Course Narrator:

Dr. Christina Cho, Cancer biologist, Freelance scientific and medical writer

Christina Cho, PhD is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, and is investigating the molecular mechanisms driving the development and progression of colorectal and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas. She’s spent the last ten years working in academic research, developing a range of skills that will help her lead a research laboratory. Her skills include the ability to independently develop and execute experiments, lead research projects, teach and train junior postdocs and students, write manuscripts and grants, and give oral presentations in both intramural and extramural conferences.


Your Instructor


R Upskill
R Upskill

Part of Cactus Communications’ R ecosystem of tools and solutions for researchers, R Upskill is a learning platform that comprises of the largest collection of researcher-focused programs, developed by top academic experts. Learn anytime, anywhere with bite-sized online programs on research writing, journal publication, career development, science communication, funding, researcher wellness, and more. Our multi-format programs come with expert advice, practical examples, and a certificate on course completion, which allow researchers to apply what they’ve learnt to excel in real-world scenarios. Trusted by top academic institutions, and over 15,000 researchers, R Upskill empowers researchers to master new skills on the path to all-round researcher success.


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