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APA Styling – Tables and Figures – Overview

  • The purpose of using tables and figures is to ease reader comprehension of the written information in the document
  • Utilizing tables and figures can be very useful and is often encouraged, but it is essential to use discretion when thinking about creating a table/figure
  • General guidelines
    • “Is this necessary?” — Tables and figures should not be used to simply take up space and should never be ambiguous; the point is to help clarify what is being said visually
    • Be sure to refer to the table/figure in-text, so the reader knows why the table/figure is there, and what information supplements it
    • The table/figure should highlight the key information — leave the little details in the text
    • If a table or figure was not created, be sure to document and cite the original author
    • As is in-text, be sure to spell out all abbreviations on the actual table/figure to achieve the most clarity for readers
      • If any special formatting of words, such as italicizing or bolding certain words in the table, is used, be sure to clarify why those words have different formatting than the others
    • Number all tables and figures sequentially as they are referred to in -text
    • Formatting, headings, and titles should be consistent throughout each table and figure

 (All information derived from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ and http://www.apastyle.org/index.aspx)