Answered By: Coleen Neary
Last Updated: Jun 06, 2023     Views: 31

What is a Scatter Plot?


A scatter plot (aka scatter chart, scatter graph) uses dots to represent values for two different numeric variables. The position of each dot on the horizontal and vertical axis indicates values for an individual data point. Scatter plots are used to observe relationships between variables. (Read more from Chartio.)


You can pinpoint research studies that use scatter plots by using keywords and database filters.

For example, using the library's search and the Everything tab (aka Primo), you could try searching for terms like these:

  • scatter plot AND research study
  • scatterplot AND data
  • scatter chart AND methodology

If you want to see research within a particular field of study, try adding keywords to describe that field:

  • scatter plot AND research study AND business
  • scatterplot AND data AND economic


Reminder, use search filters to limit your results to peer-reviewed journal articles (where most research studies are published).  See the Search results (when prompted to sign in, use your credentials).

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                   Scatterplot using Library search


Another option is to use an individual/subject-specific database that is multidisciplinary like Academic Search Premier or a business database like Business Source Complete.

Here is a view of the search using Academic Search Premier (when prompted to sign in, use your credentials)

1.  Enter:  scatterplot

2.  Change the Feild:  TX All Test

3.  Enter:  business

4.  Change the Field:    SU Subject Terms

5.  Under Search Options, locate Image Quick View Types, Select:  Graph, Chart

6.  Select the Search button

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                            Academic Search Premier Scatterplot AND Business with Image types


Need more help?  Contact a librarian.

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