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OASIS Writing Skills

Tables and Figures:

This guide includes instructional pages on tables and figures in APA style.


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

Keep the following in mind when including a table in your paper:

  • Place the table number above the table, in bold text and flush with the left margin. Place the title of the table (in title case and italics), double-spaced, under the table number, flush left.
  • Double-space before and after the table. Information regarding abbreviations or symbols used in a table, copyright information, and probability must be located in a Note below the table. See APA 7, Section 7.4 for formatting information.
  • If you are using data from a source in your table, be sure to cite the source after the table.

For more on tables, see APA 7, Sections 7.4-7.21.

Examples of Tables

In this example, the author created the table using statistics from a government website.


Table 1
Child ADHD Diagnosis by Age in 2016
Age range (years) No. of children (millions) Weighted percentage ever diagnosed

From “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Data & Statistics,” by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018 (

In this example, the author created the table from original data.


Table 2
Comparison of Boys and Girls
Variable Average height Average weight Average behavior incident Average truancy
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 headings and text, maintaining capitalization of proper nouns and names of scales, for example. Bold type may be used for emphasis of some table data (see APA 7, Table 7.14).
  • 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 point and no larger than 12 point.

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