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  • The goal of your analysis
  • The steps you went through (i.e., the queries you performed, in order) - you may use graphics to show your steps if you likein place of or in addition to text
  • A map or maps that show the results along with summary table(s) you create. The maps do not have to be formal finished maps as in earlier assignments. You can use Snag-it for both the maps and the summary table if you like and simply paste them into your document.
  • A note on why the results of your analysis are or might be incorrect (e.g., a caveat to someone reading or wanting to use these results) - you will definitely see problems as you do the analysis, many of which you can't correct because they are inherent to the data sources, so just say what you think is wrong.

Tips for the assignment

You can use Snag-It to  "snag" graphics of your map or maps and put them in your write up with an explanation of what they are showing - you don't necessarily need to do a full-blown stand-alone map of the same quality as earlier assignments.  Same with tables showing the results of summarizing, or showing statistics - just use Snag-It or the Print Screen function on your computer (press CTRL and PRNT SCRN at the same time, then paste into a Word document).

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The biggest problem students have with this assignment is using the Summarize function. You can only use the Summarize function on a category value, e.g., type of land use, openspace owner type, openspace public access (yes, no, etc.).  You will then summarize numeric information by this type (e.g., acres of open space that are publicly accessible, or acres of open space by owner type). Do NOT summarize on a numeric field!

E-mail the instructor and TA if you have problems!