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APA 6th Edition

Please refer to Chapter 5 ("Displaying Results") in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) for information and examples, as well as the Tables and Figures category of posts 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.

Tables versus figures

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). Still not sure? Visit "What Qualifies as a Table or a Figure in APA Style?" in the APA Style Blog.

Reference

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

APA 7th Edition

Please refer to Chapter 7 ("Tables and Figures") in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.) for information and examples, as well as the Tables and Figures guidelines. For information on copyright, please see the Copyright Guide.

Tables versus figures

According to the American Psychological Association (2020), illustrations in-text are either tables, which arrange "numerical values" or "textual information" in columns and rows (p. 195) or figures (e.g., "a chart, a graph, a photograph, a drawing, or any other illustration or nontextual depiction" (p. 195)). 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 considered a figure" (American Psychological Association, 2020, p. 195). 

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000