How do I put figures (images, photos, bar graphs, charts) into my paper in APA style?




  • Figures are any type of graphical illustration other than a table.
  • They are used to illustrate a point and deepen readers' understanding.

Usage Guidelines:

  • Figures must add to the reader’s understanding of the content of the paper; they should not be added just to provide visual interest. For more information, see section 7.22 of the APA Publication Manual (7th ed.).
  • Figures must be used ethically. Copyright laws must be followed; simply citing a source does not make its use copyright compliant.

References and Citations:

  • You must provide complete citations for figures and tables in your paper and in your reference list. 

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Citations Guidelines:

  • Figure #
  • Appears above the figure, bolded
  • The number will reflect if it is the first (1), second (2), third (3), etc. figure in the paper.
  • Figure Title
  • The title appears one double-spaced line below the figure number in italics title face.
  • Note
  • The note appears below the figure and describes what the figure is about and how it relates to the content of the paper. 
  • If the image was taken from a source and is not clipart, the note should include a copyright attribution statement.
  • Citation
  • If the figure was taken from source material, a reference for the figures should be included in the reference list.


  • Last Updated Jan 23, 2021
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  • Answered By Cynthia Hunt

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