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APA Style for Writing: Images, Charts, Graphs, Maps & Tables

This guide will cover APA format for papers.

Tips

Figure Numbers

Each image you reproduce should be assigned a figure number, starting with number 1 for the first image used in the assignment.

Title

Images may not have a set title. If this is the case give a description of the image where you would normally put the title.

Copyright Information

Include copyright information in the citation if it is given, including the year and the copyright holder. Copyright information on a website may often be found at the bottom of the home page.

Still Need Help?

For more information on citing and formatting figures & tables in APA, see Purdue Owl 1 and Purdue Owl 2.

Finding Images You Are Allowed to Use via Google

If you are searching for images on Google, after your search, click the Images tab > Tools > Usage Rights > Labeled for Reuse

For more information please see our images, copyright and citing information

 

Citing Images

Reproducing Images, Infographics, Charts, Tables & Graphs
Reproducing happens when you copy or recreate an image, infographic, table, graph, or chart that is not your original creation. If you reproduce one of these works in your assignment, you must create a note underneath the image, infographic, chart, table or graph to show where you found it.

Citing Information From an Image, Infographic, Chart, Table or Graph
If you refer to information from an image, infographic, chart, table or graph, but do not reproduce it in your paper, create a citation both in-text and on your Reference list.

If the information is part of another format, such as a book, magazine article, or website, cite the work it came from.
For example: If information came from a table from an article in National Geographic magazine, you would cite the entire article. If information came from an infographic posted on the Statistics Canada website, you would follow the template for citing infographics from a website

Image Reproduced From a Magazine or Journal

Note: Applies to Graphs, Charts, Drawings, Infographics, Maps, Tables and Photographs

Figure X. Description of the image or title of the image. Adapted from "Title of Article," by Article Author's First Initial. Second Initial. Last Name, year, day, (for a magazine) or year (for a journal), Title of Magazine or Journal, volume number, page(s). Copyright year by name of copyright holder.

Note: Information about the image is placed directly below the image in your assignment. 

Example:

Black and white male figure exercising

Figure 1. Man exercising. Adapted from "Yoga: Stretching Out," by A. N. Green, and L. O. Brown, 2006, May 8, Sports Digest, 15, p. 22. Copyright 2006 by Sports Digest Inc.

Image Reproduced From a Library Database

Note: Applies to Graphs, Charts, Infographics, Maps, Drawings, Tables and Photographs

Figure X. Description of the image or image title if given. Adapted from "Title of Image Collection," by Author/Creator's First Initial. Second Initial. Last Name if given, publication date if given. Retrieved from Database Name database. Copyright date by Name of Copyright Holder.

Note: Information about the image is placed directly below the image in your assignment.

 

Image Reproduced From a Website

Note: Applies to Graphs, Charts, Drawings, Infographics, Tables and Photographs

Figure X. Description of the image or image title if given. Adapted from "Title of webpage or document," by Author/Creator's First Initial. Second Initial. Last Name if given, publication date if given, Title of Website. Retrieved Month, day, year that you last viewed the website, from url. Copyright date by Name of Copyright Holder.

Note: Information about the image is placed directly below the image in your assignment.

Example:

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Figure 2. Table of symbols. Adapted from "Case one study results," by G. A. Black, 2006, Strong Online. Retrieved June 14, 2013, from http://www.strongonline/casestudies/one.html. Copyright 2010 by G.L. Strong Ltd.

Image Reproduced from Google Maps

Note: This is a Seneca Libraries recommendation.

Figure X. Google Maps. (Year). [Location Name, City, Province] [Street map]. Retrieved from URL 

Example:

map of Newnham Campus, 404 and Finch

Figure 1. Google Maps. (2014). [Newnham Campus, Seneca College, Toronto, Ontario] [Street map]. Retrieved from https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=newnham+campus+seneca+college&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&gfe_rd=cr&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ei=tU2YU9_0JsyyyAShxYDgDA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ

Image Reproduced From a CD-ROM

Note: Applies to Graphs, Charts, Maps, Drawings, Tables and Photographs

Figure X. Description of the image or image title if given. Adapted from "Title of CD-ROM" [CD ROM], by Author/Creator's First Initial. Second Initial. Last Name if given, publication date if given. Copyright date by Name of Copyright Holder.

Note: Information about the image is placed directly below the image in your assignment.

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