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Citing Figures, Charts & Tables

Citing Charts, Figures, Tables & Data

Quick Explainer Video on Referencing & Citation

Step-by-Step Guide for Referencing Data Presented in Tables or Figures
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APA - Citing Figures, Tables & Images
  • All tables and figures require a caption. A caption may be used to summarise or highlight certain elements or features of the table or figure.
  • If the table or figure is adapted, edited or changed in any way from the original source, the citation underneath must clearly indicate this with the inclusion of the text 'Adapted from' between the caption and the citation to the original source.
  • ​Use sequential numbering for Tables & Figures (Diagrams, Graphics etc.) using separate consecutive numbering for Tables and Figures
             ​For example:Table 1, Table 2, Table 3 ....

                      Figure 1, Figure 2 ....

  • Any external datasets used in the creation of tables / figures / diagrams / graphs must be cited.
    See the
    APA blog for more information.
Figure Citation Example  

an example of a figure reference image showing correct formatting for a heading and a caption


Original source: "Misleading axis" by David Wees (licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2)

Note: The addition of a figure number, a caption and 

citation prefix in the form of  'Adapted from' to denote 

the  incorporation of this figure from an external source

See Cite|Write for more detail.

Table Citation Example

Note: Different item designation (i.e Table 1), numbering and formatting used.


See Cite|Write for more detail.

Table Citation Example

Note: Numerical or textual data drawn from a published source requires a citation.

See the APA Style Blog for further guidance.

See Cite|Write for more detail.