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This article will show you the basics of how to format tables per APA style. Please note that it is far from comprehensive, but it should get you started on the right track!

Introduction to APA Style Tables

Tables function as a supplement to your content and are considered nonessential and separate elements from your paper. This means several things: your reader should be able to understand your paper without looking at your table, your paper must refer to and briefly discuss the table within the narrative, and the reader must be able to look at the table and understand it without reading your text. To that end, all abbreviations must be defined within the table and all probability values should be defined and easily located by the reader.

Where to Place Your Table Per APA Style

The location of your tables will depend on the specifications given by your instructor. Per APA, tables can appear in the back matter after references (before figures and appendices) or within the body of your text. If placing a table within the body of the text, position it as close as possible to where you refer to it in the text. If possible, do not have your table span more than one page.

Tables from Another Source

If your table is from another source or based on information from another source, you must cite this source below the table. Below your table, write “Note.” followed by any descriptive notes, if applicable, and then provide the source information. Note that the format for citing a table differs slightly from the APA reference list. The format is as follows:

Note. Descriptive note. Adapted from Title of Book (p. xx), by F. M. Author and C. D. Author, year, Place of Publication: Publisher. Copyright year by the Name of Copyright Holder. Adapted [or Reprinted] with permission.

Table Formatting Tips

Take into consideration the following points when formatting your table:

Table 1

Participants’ Income by Age Bracket and Gender

Below is an example of a properly formatted table, which has been reprinted from APA’s blog.

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Additional Resources

Your APA manual will be an excellent resource for how to format specific types of tables that you may encounter. Purdue’s OWL website has helpful information on overall table formatting, as well as how to set up common types of data in a table, including regression and ANOVA tables.

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