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APA Style Guide, 7th edition: Figures, Tables and Images

Tables

Table Layout

Table Number: Use Arabic numerals to number all tables that are within your text (i.e., not in the appendix) for example, Table 1, Table 2 and Table 3. Tables should be numbered in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. The table number appears above the table in bold font.

Table Titles: The title should be concise, clear, and explanatory and appears one double-spaced line below the table number in italic title case.

Table Headings: To establish your organization of the data and identify the columns of data beneath them. Each column of a table must have a heading, including the stub column or stub, which is the leftmost column of the tableThe sub or sub column lists the major independent or predictor variables. Subordination within the stub is easier to comprehend if you indent the stub items rather than created an additional column.

Table body: Rows of cells containing primary data of the table. The body may be single-spaced, one-and-a-half- spaced, or double-spaced

Table notes: There are three types of notes that can appear below the table as needed to describe the content of the table that are not easily understood in the title or body (e.g., definitions of abbreviations, copyright information). Not all tables may require notes.

            A general note qualifies, explains, or provides information relating to the table as a whole and ends with an explanation of any abbreviations, symbols, and the like.

            A specific note refers to a particular column, row, or cell. It is indicated by superscripts lowercase letters (eg.,  abc).

           A probability note indicates how asterisks and other symbols are used in a table to indication p values and thus the results of tests of statistical hypothesis testing.

Example:

Source: OWL Purdue

NOTE: All headings identify items below them, NOT across from them.

 

Figures

Figure Layout

Figure Number: Use Arabic numerals to number all figures that are within your text (i.e., not in the appendix) for example, Figure 1, Figure 2 and Figure 3. Figures should be numbered in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. The figure number appears above the figure in bold font.

Figure Titles: The title should be concise, clear, and explanatory and appears one double-spaced line below the figure number in italic title case.

Image: The image portion of the figure is the chart, graph, photo, or other illustration.

Legend: If there is a legend or key, it should be positioned within the border of the figure and it should explain the symbols used in the image

Figure notes: There are three types of notes that can appear below the figure as needed to describe the contents of the figure that are not easily understood in the title or body (e.g., definitions of abbreviations, copyright information). Not all tables may require notes.

            A general note qualifies, explains, or provides information relating to the table as a whole and ends with an explanation of any abbreviations, symbols, and the like.

            A specific note refers to a particular column, row, or cell. It is indicated by superscripts lowercase letters (eg.,  abc).

           A probability note indicates how asterisks and other symbols are used in a table to indicate p values and thus the results of tests of statistical hypothesis testing.

Example:

Source: OWL Purdue

 

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