Figures are non-text items (chart, graph, map/drawing/photograph)
Tables are text/numerical data within a table
If the figure or table is from a resource, it needs to be cited in 3 ways:
Written Report -The figure/table should be described in the written report (what inferences/conclusions the reader should draw from the figure/table) and be cited.
Figure or table - When inserting a figure into the written report, a header should be placed above the figure and a caption should be placed below it.
The title contains the figure/table number and then a short descriptive title. Figure/Table 1 Brief Title Name
The caption contains the figure/table number, a brief description of the figure/table, and the citation.The reader should be able to understand the figure/table from this description.
Biblography - Each figure/table should contain its own citation in the bibliography.
Author. (Date). Title of figure-table. [Figure/Table]. Title of work. Resource_Name/URL.
Example of #1 & #2 (written & figure/table):
Survey results indicate rising tuition rates would impede students’ ability to learn, as students would spend less time on educational tasks and more time working to cover tuition costs (Doe, 2011).
Figure 1. Students currently spend approximately three times more time working than on education. Taken from Students’ Lives by John Doe, p. 25.
Example #3: (bibliography)
Euromonitor International. (2020). [Statistical data on market sizes of fresh food]. Passport. Retrieved January 21, 2021, from https://go.euromonitor.com/passport.html
Here are some of the guidelines in citing figures and tables.
Figures & tables should be concise, clear, and consistent.
Figures & tables should:
In addition to the guidelines above, tables have other requirements.
For all the guidelines, see "Tables and Figures" from the APA Publication Manual (7th edition, section 7.21)