Tables in APA
- Tables are used to prepare quantitative data, statistics, and analyses in a format that makes them easy to understand and facilitates comparisons.
- APA style tables do not contain any vertical lines.
- 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.
- As with figures, tables must be identified numerically, numbered consecutively, and referred to in the text. They should be given brief, descriptive titles.
- Even though they are discussed in the text, they should be free-standing.
- 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.
- Always give your tables and figures proper titles, such as “Means and standard deviation of X”.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Do as the following:
Characteristics of the document