Paper details:

This week’s lab highlights the use of graphics, distributions, and tables to summarize and interpret data.

Open the given academic article from the Required Resources link above. You will find a graph OR table within the article, and then draw conclusions about the table or chart you chose, and describe other ways that the same data could be presented.


The deliverable is a Word document with your answers to the questions posed below based on the article you are given.

Required Software

Microsoft Word
Internet access to read article

Steps to Complete Week 3 Lab


Open a Word Document to begin your work.

Part 1:

Title your paper: Review of [Name of Article]

State the Author:

Summarize the article in one paragraph:

Part 2:

Step 1: Find a frequency table and/or graph within the article and post a screen shot in your Word document.

Frequency Distribution OR Graph

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Step 2: Answer the following questions about your table or graph.

What type of study is used in the article (quantitative or qualitative)? Explain how you came to that conclusion.
What type of graph or table did you choose for your lab (bar graph, histogram, stem & leaf plot, etc.)? What characteristics make it this type (you should bring in material that you learned in the course)?
Describe the data displayed in your frequency distribution or graph (consider class size, class width, total frequency, list of frequencies, class consistency, explanatory variables, response variables, shapes of distributions, etc.)
Draw a conclusion about the data from the graph or frequency distribution in context of the article.
How else might this data have been displayed? Discuss pros and cons of 2 other presentation options, such as tables or different graphical displays. Why do you think those two graphs were not used in this article?
Give the full APA reference of the article you are using for this lab.

Step 3: Be sure your name is on the Word document, save it, and then submit it under “Assignments” and “Week 3: Lab”.

This activity will be graded based on the Week 3 Lab Rubric.