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APA 7 referencing style: Images, tables and figures

A guide to using the APA 7th edition referencing system for in-text citations and reference lists.

APA examples: Images, tables and figures

All images, figures and tables referred to in the text or reproduced in an essay, assignment or presentation, must be cited and included in your reference list. 

See this guides images, figures and tables tab to view how the attribution of these examples below are treated within the text. 

See APA Style examples, Clip Art Image and Artwork References for general notes and more examples. 

Material Type

In-Text Citation

Reference List & Notes

Copied Image (reproduced within the document)

For Figure 2 Pilotus Flowers (Family Amaranthaceae)

Example: 

Species such as the Pilotus flower (Figure 2) are ideal for weed control due to their spreading habit.

 

Note:  No need to cite the author of an image when you refer to an image figure within your text.  

 

Provide the full end-text reference for any copyrighted images you have used in your text in your reference list. 

Denisbin. (2012). Pilotus Flower [Photograph]. Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/82134796@N03/9735576788

This should consist of: Author, year of publication, title, description in brackets, source (usually the name of the website and URL).

See APA 7 referencing style: Images and Copyright for an example of full attribution required in the Note below the image, as well as an example of an image not requiring attribution. 

 

Image (reproduced in the document, no copyright attribution required)

For Figure 1 Numbats Need Tree Canopies 

 

Use the title of the image figure if referring to it within your text.  

E.g.: (Figure 1)

No end-text reference is required for images used that do not require copyright attribution. 

Note: Includes images that are yours and haven't been published elsewhere. 

See APA 7 referencing style: Images and Copyright with and without attribution for clarification. 

 Artwork or Image (referred to in the document)

Use the Artist and date the artwork was produced. 

(Millais, 1851-2)

or 

Ophelia by Millais (1851-2)...

Provide a full end-text reference for the artwork or image referred to within your document. 

Millais, J. E. (1851-2). Ophelia [Painting]. Tate, London, United Kingdom. https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/p/pre-raphaelite

Note: This image has not been reproduced in the text. 

Copied figure (reproduced within the document)

For Figure 1 Lancet 2018 - Pathways between climate change and human health

When you refer to the figure in-text you can just use the figure title rather than the author-date style.

 As per Figure 1....

Provide a full text reference for the source of the figure following the end-text reference guidelines for that format. This reference is for a figure copied from a journal article: 

Watts, N., Amann, M., Arnell, N., Ayeb-Karlsson, S., Belesova, K., Berry, H., Bouley, T., Boykoff, M., Byass, P., Cai, W., Campbell-Lendrum, D., Chambers, J., Daly, M., Dasandi, N., Davies, M., Depoux, A., Dominguez-Salas, P., Drummond, P., Ebi, K. L., ... Costello, A. (2018). The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: Shaping the health of nations for centuries to come. The Lancet, 392(10163), 2479-2514. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32594-7

See APA 7 referencing style: Tables and Figures for an example of a copyright acknowledgment required in the Note below the figure.

Adapted figure

For Figure 2 Pre- and Post-Covid-19 Annual Changes in Real GDP for Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand

Use the figure title.

Provide a full text reference for the source of the figure following the end-text reference guidelines for that format. This reference is for a figure adapted from a webpage:

International Monetary Fund. (2021, April). World economic outlook database: World economic and financial surveyshttps://www.imf.org/en/Publications/WEO/weo-database/2021/April

See APA 7 referencing style: Tables and Figures for an example of a copyright acknowledgment required in the Note below the figure.

 

Copied table (reproduced within the document)

For Table 2 Farley's (2018) inquiry into municipalities' economic development

Use the table title. 

Provide a full text reference for the source of the table following the end-text reference guidelines for that format. This reference is for a table copied from a blog post:

Farley, B. (2018, October 10). Community wealth shapes local economic development programs. Bill Farley, Ph.D., Social Equity Research/Advisory Services for Activists & Communities. https://billfarley.net/2018/10/10/community-wealth-shapes-local-economic-development-programs/

See APA 7 referencing style: Tables and Figures for an example of a copyright acknowledgment required in the Note below the table.

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