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How to Reference a Table in APA Format

by Dr. Jillian L. Wendt , Demand Media

    Knowing how to properly write citations is important in preventing plagiarism and increasing your credibility. All resources should be cited, including tables. There are a few things you can do to ensure that tables are properly referenced in APA format.

    Citing Tables in Text

    According to the American Psychological Association, tables supplement information provided in text and provide clarity to the reader. However, tables must be properly referenced and cited in-text so the reader is directed to the appropriate information. In text, refer to tables by number. For example: "As shown in Table 3, the mean score of the control group increased".

    Page Numbers

    According to the American Psychological Association, it is best not to include page numbers when citing in-text tables. Page numbers often change when pages are typeset. By referring to tables by individual number, you provide clarity to the reader, reduce confusion and maintain consistency.

    Citing Tables From Other Sources

    You may also use tables from sources other than your own work. Tables from other sources must be cited to prevent plagiarism. When you use tables from other sources, include a citation directly below the table in-text. The citation should include the author's name, date of publication and page number. For example: (Doe, 2013, p. 15).

    Citing on the Reference Page

    If you use tables from another person's work, you must also include a citation on the reference page. Cite the study in which the table was found by including the author(s), date of publication, title of study, name of journal, volume and number of journal and relevant page numbers. Double-space the reference, use one space after each punctuation mark and use hanging indentation. For example: Doe, J. (2013). Student growth. Journal of Education (italicized), (3)1, 15-17.

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    References

    • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Sixth Edition; American Psychological Association
    • Concise Rules of APA Style Sixth Edition; American Psychological Association

    About the Author

    Based in Northern Virginia, Jillian Wendt has been in science and teacher education for eight years. She has been writing education-related articles for practitioner and research journals for several years. She holds a Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University. Dr. Wendt is passionate about education and is a fervent reader, writer and researcher.

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