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How to Cite Tables in APA Format


If you are reproducing a table from an outside source in your paper, it is necessary to cite the source of your table. American Psychological Association, or APA, style provides guidelines for describing a table in the text of your paper and including its source on your reference list.

Noting a Table's Source in Your Reference List

If you are taking a table from a book or a journal, note that book or journal in your reference list. The basic citation style for a book is:

Author Lastname, First Initial(s). (Year). Book title: Subtitle if applicable. Publisher location: Publisher.

For example:

Connule, B. (2007). Theories of a person: A statistical analysis. New York, NY: Routledge.

The basic reference list formatting for a journal article is:

Author Lastname, First Initial(s). (Year). Article title: Subtitle if applicable. Title of journal, volume #(issue #), pages. Retrieved from URL or digital object identifier (if online article or database).

For example:

Onofri, L., Boatta, V., & Bianco, A. (2015). Who likes it “sparkling”? An empirical analysis of Prosecco consumers’ profile. Agricultural and Food Economics, 3(11). Retrieved from doi:10.1186/s40100-014-0026-x.

Noting a Table In-Text

If you include the table from your text in the body of your paper, a description of the table's source is included below the table. The basic format is:

Note. From Title of Book (page number), by Author First Initial(s), Lastname, year, publisher location: publisher.

For example:

Note. From Theories of a person: A statistical analysis, p. 23, by B. Connule, 2007, New York, NY: Routledge.

When citing a journal article this way, the article name is placed in quotes and the journal name is included in place of the publication information:

Note. From "Who likes it “sparkling”? An empirical analysis of Prosecco consumers’ profile", p. 6, by L. Onofri, V. Boatta, & A. Bianco, 2015, Agricultural and Food Economics, 3(11).

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