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Tables & Figures: Tables

Basics

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 word Table and the table number above the table, flush left. 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 5.16 for formatting information.
  • If you are using data from a source in your figure, be sure to cite the source after the figure description. See our page on Citing Sources for Tables and Figures for examples.

For more on tables, see APA pages 125–150.

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) height Weighted percentage ever diagnosed weight
 
2–5
 
 
0.388
 
 
2.4%
 
6–11
 
2.400
 
9.6%
 
12–17
 
3.300
 
13.6%
 

From “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Data & Statistics,” by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018 (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html).


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
 
 
14
 
 
6 days
 
Girls (n = 62)
 
5 ft 2 in
 
105 lbs
 
4
 
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 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 point and no larger than 12 point.