Basic Rules for Tables in APA Format
- All tables should be numbered (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, Table 3).
- Each table should have an individual title, italicized and presented with each word capitalized (except and, in, of, with, etc.). For example: Correlations Between Age and Test Scores
- Each table should begin on a separate page.
- Horizontal lines can be used to separate information and make it clearer. Do not use vertical lines in an APA format table.
- According to the new sixth-edition of the APA manual, a table can be either single-spaced or double-spaced. The key is to keep the table readable and the spacing consistent.
- All tables should be referenced in the text of the paper.
- Tables should be last, after your reference list and appendixes.
- Table headings should be located flush right.
- Each column should be identified using a descriptive heading.
- The first letter of each heading should be capitalized.
- Abbreviations for standard terms (e.g. M, SD, etc.) can be used without explanation. Uncommon definitions should be explained in a note below the table.
Additional Notes to an APA Format Table
If additional explanation is needed, a note can be added below the table. There are three kinds of notes: General notes, specific notes, and probability notes. General notes refer to some aspect of the entire table; specific notes refer to a particular column or row; probability notes specify the probability-level.
A Quick Checklist
- Is the table needed to present data or could the data simply be presented in text?
- Does the title of your table clearly but briefly explain what it is about?
- Is the spacing consistent throughout the table?
- Does the body of the paper refer to the table?
- Is each column of the table clearly labeled?
- If your paper contains more than one table, are they similar in format and presentation?
- Are any special or uncommon abbreviations explained in notes?
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