Tables, Figures and Other Graphics

All the professional programs (Sustainability, Info. Tech., Math for Teaching, Biotechnology) - as well as some of the liberal arts fields, including Biology - use APA format for Tables, Figures, and other graphics.

Formatting examples:

table_format

figure_format

General differences between Table and Figure format

  • Tables contain textual or numerical data, while figures are graphic
  • A table title is on top, while figure titles are below
  • Table titles should provide an explanation of the table, and indicate statistical information, or provide citation information
  • For figures a description or explanatory caption (legend) should be located after the title

Social Sciences use CMS and Humanities use MLA. Please refer to the discipline-specific guidelines for examples of tables and figures formatted for these writing styles.

These websites provide more detail about formatting tables, figures, and other graphics for the different writing styles:

APA https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/19/

MLA https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/14/

CMS https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/2/