1. Tables and Figures in APA Style

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    When you conduct your own research and have numerical data, tables and figures can be essential in getting your information across quickly. However, many students don’t know the guidelines for using tables and figures in APA style. This brief video will give you a checklist for creating tables or figures in your paper and show you a few examples. First you should ask yourself whether you should use a table or figure. If the table or figure is necessary to convey information  and you refer to the relevant information in the body of your paper, then  YES, you should use a table or figure. However, if it  would just be taking up space,  is meant to hide insignificant data behind many statistics,  or only consists of two columns’ worth of data, then you should  NOT use a table or figure. If you have answered these questions and decided to use a table, here are some guidelines you should follow:  Place the table near where you mention it in the text, or in an appendix if it is very long or not mentioned directly  Indicate each table with a number  Include a brief, explanatory title  Give clear, brief headings for every column  Also be consistent in how you present your data and format your numbers  Use notes at the bottom of the table to explain any abbreviations or special symbols  Finally, if the table is not original data but comes from another source, remember you must cite it! Here is a template of what a table should look like in APA style. Notice that it is numbered and includes a title and brief headers. The numbers are also displayed and formatted consistently. Figures follow many of the same rules as tables – they should be placed near where they are mentioned in the text, indicated with a number, include a brief title, etc. However, figures have some special concerns. Their design should be simple and clean. Data must be plotted accurately and with the correct proportions. And any parallel figures displaying similar information should be formatted to the same scale. With figures, you also must decide which type of figure to use based on the type of data. There are many types of figures you can choose from. Scatter plots use individual dots to represent specific events or data. You can see that data are correlated when the dots cluster together. Bar graphs use solid bars to represent one type of data. They can use multiple bars grouped together to show how more complex data are related. Circle or pie graphs are useful to show percentages or proportions of a whole. No more than five variables should be permitted, and they must be labeled starting in the center, from largest to smallest, shaded darkest to lightest. You can use charts or diagrams to represent organizational structure or the steps in a process. Finally, your figure does not have to represent numerical data at all. If you need to include a drawing or photograph in your paper, it should also be labeled as a figure. Much of this information comes from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue. You can visit the Lab for help with tables, figures, and other aspects of APA style. For additional video resources and help from a live online tutor, visit bryan.edu/ags_resources.

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