What is a Figure?

APA considers anything that is not a table to be a figure, and it has quite a few rules on how to present or setup figures.  https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/tables-figures/figures

Figure Elements

To place a figure in your assignment or IMP these four essential components. Remember everything has to be double spaced.

  1. Figure 1 (use bold)
  2. Short Descriptive Title (use title case and italics)
  3. The figure
  4. Note. (italicize the word Note) this is the place where you would put a copyright attribution. Only add a note if it’s needed. https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/references/examples/clip-art-references#2

Embed or Place After the Reference List

Either embed a figure into your paper on the page where you first write about it, or place it on a separate page after your reference list. Each figure would have its own page. If images are small try to place them at the top or the bottom of a page and not in the middle.

Copyright Attribution

The copyright attribution is used instead of an in-text citation. The copyright attribution consists of the same elements as the reference list entry, but in a different order (title, author, date, site name, URL), followed by copyright status and permission statement.


Figure 1

Person Reading A Book

Note. From “Person Reading a Book,” by L. Kivaka 2017 (https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-reading-a-book-1741230/). Free to use.


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