Answered By: Theresa Bell
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2017     Views: 464

According to the American Psychological Association (2010), illustrations in-text are either tables, which "usually show numerical values or textual information" (p. 125) or figures (e.g., "a chart, a graph, a photograph, a drawing, or any other illustration or nontextual depiction" (p. 125)). When you're deciding whether you're using a table or figure, keep in mind that "tables are almost always characterized by a row-column structure. Any type of illustration other than a table is always referred to as a figure" (p. 125).

Please refer to Chapter 5 ("Displaying results") in the APA manual for information and examples of how to format tables and figures in APA style, as well as "Table Tips" and "Figure Construction: Resisting the Urge to Obscure" from the APA Style Blog. Please also see "Navigating Copyright for Reproduced Images: Part 4. Writing the Copyright Statement". For more information on copyright, please see the Copyright Guide.


American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.