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Tables in APA Style | Research Conduction

Published on May 18th, 2017 | Last updated on February 23rd, 2021 by | Category: TESOL / TESL Issues through CALL | No Comments on Tables in APA Style | Research Conduction | 92 Views | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Tables in APA Style

Tables in APA

  1. Tables are used to prepare quantitative data, statistics, and analyses in a format that makes them easy to understand and facilitates comparisons.
  2. APA style tables do not contain any vertical lines.
  3. Type the table number and then (on the next double-spaced line) type the table number flush left and italicized. Note that there are no periods used after the table number or title.
  4. As with figures, tables must be identified numerically, numbered consecutively, and referred to in the text. They should be given brief, descriptive titles.
  5. Even though they are discussed in the text, they should be free-standing.
  6. Always number the tables as Table 1, Table 2, etc., and call your diagrams as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc., so that they can be referred in the text.
  7. Always give your tables and figures proper titles, such as “Means and standard deviation of X”.
  8. Tables and figures are more expensive to include in the manuscript than text. Therefore, if you include one, it should include a reasonable number of data points. In other words, if you only have a few data points to present, do it in the text of the manuscript rather than in a table or figure.
  9. It is a common error in student work to give a long series of small tables and figures followed by short explanations. This is extremely difficult to follow and looks amateurish.
  10. If you include a table or figure, you must introduce it in the text of the results section (e.g., Table 1 displays the…) and describe to the reader what should be seen in it.
  11. Tables are placed at the end of articles submitted for publication. However, in the text of a thesis or dissertation, it is important that they be placed as close as possible to where they are mentioned in the body of the paper.
  12. Do as the following:

Table 1

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