Using Visual Aides In A Research Paper

There are many types of visual aids that a person could use to help make his or her presentation more understandable. There are many instances where a word can be very powerful, but a visual aid can make that point stronger. I think that for my presentation there aren’t many visual aids that would be appropriate. I say this because my topic is about the Sex Offender Registry. I do not think that pictures of the victims would be appropriate. I will not use a line graph or a Gantt graph because they are not easily accessible for me to make on my computer.

Benefiting From Visual Aids

Using Visual Aides In A Research Paper

The visual aids that I could use in my presentation are a pie chart, a vertical bar graph, a table, and a picture. A pie chart could be used as a visual to explain how many sex offenders live in the surrounding areas from where I live. I plan on using the data from Muskegon, Fruitport, Grand Haven, Ferrysburg, and Spring Lake. Muskegon is the biggest town out of all of these towns. The pie chart could show the difference in the number of sex offenders per town. The pie chart would fit into my presentation when I am explaining the number of sex offenders that are in my area.

A vertical bar graph could be used as a visual to explain the number of repeat sex offenders between the years of 2003-2008. I chose to do a five-year span because this time frame can show if there have been any more people added to or dropped from the registry. The vertical bar graph could fit into my presentation when I refer to harsher punishments for repeat sex offenders. This will show how many offenders decide to harm another child.

A table could be used as a visual to explain the number of sex offenders that have been on registry between the years of 2003-2008. This will also show the numbers of offenders in my area. The table could fit into the same area as the pie chart.

Safer Environment Through The Research

Using Visual Aides In A Research Paper

The last visual aid that I could use is the pictures of the sex offenders. The numbers can be strong on their own, but I think that the pictures of the offenders would make a person think harder about my argument. Knowing that the numbers of offenders do have faces. It is said that a picture can say a thousand words. What if there is a certain picture that could save your child from harm?

The only visual aide that I can use from the computer is the table. The National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) is such an important tool to use. This is not just for parents or soon to be parents, everyone should know who the offenders are that are the NSOR. In my state of Michigan, I have looked at the registry, read many essays on the subject, and looked at the offenders that live in my area.

I also noticed while doing this research that there were only four females on the registry compared to two hundred ten men.

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