One common source of errors is misreading information contained in charts. Here are some tips to help you avoid that problem.
In reading charts and statistical tables be sure to:
- Use a ruler or straight edge to mark the line you are reading. Post-it notes are great for providing a straight line in a chart.
- Note the date of the figures you are reading and give this information to the patron.
- Note the unit of measurement used in the table.
- Pay attention to footnotes. Many times the footnotes will give additional information that will be critical for the answer.
- Note who compiled the data (usually given at the top or bottom of the chart) and give this information to the patron.
Verify spellings using a telephonetic key:
|B as in Boy
||G as in George
||S as in Sam
|C as in Charles
||M as in Mary
||T as in Thomas
|D as in David
||N as in Nancy
||V as in Victor
|F as in Frank
||P as in Peter
||Z as in Zebra
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This page was updated November 24, 2003.