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APA Style Examples: Stats/Figures

Find how to cite a web page, journal, book, eBook, textbook, magazine, newspaper, video, DVD, TV show, Twitter, Tweet, Instagram, Facebook, or blog post. Find how to format in-text/parenthetical citations, papers or title pages and cite when no author.


(For more examples, see p. 338, example 75 of the 7th edition)


Administration of Children and Families. (2019, October 24). Number of children waiting to be adopted in the United States from 2007 to 2018 [Data set]. Statista. 


Parenthetical citation: (Administration of Children and Families, 2019).

Narrative citation: Administration of Children and Families (2019)

Figures (Graphs, Charts, Maps, Drawings, Photographs)

(For more examples, see pp. 195-250 of the 7th edition)

Tables and figures have the same structure: A table/figure number, a table/figure title, a body (for tables) or an image (for figures), and table/figure notes (if needed). Any kind of visual that is not a table is considered a figure.

  • Number: The table/figure should be numbered sequentially above the table in bold font. Do not use suffix letters (Table 1a, 1b, 1c).  Instead, combine the related tables. 
    • If tables/figures are included in the appendix, identify with capital letters and Arabic numerals (e.g. Table A1, Figure B2).
  • Title: Table/Figure titles should be brief, but descriptive of the content of the figure.
    • Titles appear one double-spaced line below the table number in italic title case
  • Headings: Tables should include column headings
  • Body: The table's body includes the rows and columns of a table. It may be single, 1.5, or double-spaced.
  • Notes: Table notes (general, specific, and probability) appear below the table as needed to describe table content that can't be understood from the title or body alone. Not all tables include notes. 
  • Mention the table/figure by number within the text and include what the reader should focus on in the table/figure 
    • ...of the company comparisons (see Figures 2 and 3). 
    • As described in Table 1, the demographic patterns . . . 
  • See accessible use of color in figuressample tables and sample figures
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