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Tables & Figures: Tables


In APA style, a table is a representation of information that uses rows and columns.

Place the word Table and the table number above the table, flush left. Place the title of the table (in title case), double-spaced, under the table number, flush left in italics. Double- or triple-space before and after the table; be consistent. For more on tables, see APA pages 125–150.

Information regarding abbreviations or symbols used in a table, copyright information, and probability must be located in a Note below the table. See APA 5.16 for formatting information.

In dissertations, if a table extends beyond one page, type the phrase table continues in parentheses flush right at the bottom of the table. Repeat the column headings on each new page (see Dissertation Guidebook, p. 42).

Example of a Table

Table 4
Comparison of Boys and Girls by Height and Weight

Variable Average
behavior incident
Boys (n = 60)
5 ft 1 in
120 lbs
6 days
Girls (n = 62)
5 ft 2 in
105 lbs
0.5 days

More Guidelines

  • Use plain type for column headings and row labels. Use sentence case for column and row text, maintaining capitalization of proper nouns and names of scales, for example. Bold type may be used for emphasis of some table data (see Table 5.3 on p. 132).
  • Limit the use of rules, or lines, to those necessary for clarity. Use horizontal lines only.
  • Table text may be single- or double-spaced; consider readability in your line-spacing decision.  
  • The font size used in tables and figures may be smaller than that used in the text; however, to ensure a professional appearance and legibility, it should be no smaller than 8 points and no larger than 12 points.