Using tables and figures from other sources in APA style

When you use a table, figure, or graphic from someone else, APA Style treats it as a quote. You must indicate the source in a note attached directly to the table or figure, as well as including a standard in-text citation and reference list entry.

Treat tables, figures and graphics like quotes

When an existing table, figure or other graphic (such as a chart or picture) is taken from another source (possibly with adaptations), it becomes an image. APA style says it should be treated as a quote.

If the item is a table, you do not need to apply APA format for tables in this case.

An example of referring to a reproduced table in the text

The results in Table 1 (Ajzen, 1991, p. 179), show that…

As you can see, the author, date and page number of the source are included, just as in “normal” quotes. You should also refer to the complete source in the reference list.

An example of referring to a reproduced table in the reference list

Ajzen, I. (1991). The Theory of Planned Behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Processes, 50(2), 179.

Notes

If you have copied a table, figure or other graphic from another source, you must indicate the source in a note that is attached to that item.

The APA style says you need to include “Reprinted from” or “Adapted from” followed by the title of the book or article and complete source information.

Type table, figure or graphic Description in the note
Copied exactly “Reprinted from”
Copied with some adjustments “Adapted from”

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Adding more clarification in the note

You can also use the note to provide information that clarifies the table, figure or graphic. For example, for a table you could comment on p-values, explain abbreviations or add details concerning a specific row or column.

Table, figure or graphic from an internet source

APA format Note. Reprinted from “ArticleTitle”, by AuthorLastName, Initials., (Year, Month Day). Retrieved from http://WebAddress
Note as to table Note. Reprinted from “U.S. flood risk could be worse than we thought”, by Worland, J. 2015, July 27. Retrieved from http://time.com/3973256/flooding-risk-coastal-cities/
In the reference list Worland, J. (2015, July 27). U.S. flood risk could be worse than we thought. Retrieved from http://time.com/3973256/flooding-risk-coastal-cities/

Table, figure or graphic from a journal

APA format Note. Reprinted from “ArticleTitle”, by AuthorLastName, Initials., Year, NameJournal, Volume, p. Pagenumber.
Note as to table Note. Reprinted from “The Theory of Planned Behavior”, by Ajzen, I., 1991, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 50(2), p. 179.
In the reference list Ajzen, I. (1991). The Theory of Planned Behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Processes, 50(2), 179.

Table, figure or graphic from a book

APA format Note. Reprinted from “BookTitle”, by AuthorLastName, Initials., Year, p. Pagenumber, City, State/CountryPublisher.
Note as to table Note. Reprinted from “The Harvard Medical School Guide To Men’s Health”, by Simon, H. B., 2002, p. 107, New York, NY: Free Press.
In the reference list Simon, H. B. (2002). The Harvard Medical School Guide To Men’s Health. New York, NY: Free Press.

The APA style indicates that when a table, figure or graphic from another source is used, the copyright of the item’s owner should be mentioned in the note. This is especially important if you plan to publish your text.

You should refer to the copyright at the end of the note:

APA format Note. Reprinted from “ArticleTitle”, by AuthorLastName, Initials., Year, NameJournal, Volume, p. Pagenumber. Copyright Year by Publisher.

Table Copyright

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3 comments

Chahinez Bouguerra
April 18, 2020 at 8:41 PM

This applies to APA 6th, right? BTW thank you so much. This article was very useful

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Monica Trevathan
April 20, 2017 at 8:10 PM

This article was good for TABLES....however, I was looking for proper APA on FIGURES that are taken from another source. Can you help me?

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Arjan van Laak
Arjan van Laak (Scribbr-team)
April 21, 2017 at 5:46 PM

Dear Monica, thank you for your question. We have written an article about this, which you can find on https://www.scribbr.com/apa-style/using-tables-figures-sources/ :) If you have any other questions, you can always contact us via the chat or email.

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