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APA (7th Edition) Referencing Guide

Guide to APA citation style using the 7th Edition of the APA Style Manual.

For assignments and PowerPoints only

The advice on this page has been simplified for use in PowerPoints and assignments that will not be made publically available.

If you are preparing a thesis, or a paper for publication, or your work is going to be made publically available in any way, you will need a full copyright acknowledgement in the Notes section of your table for any tables that have been copied or adapted from another source.

See the "Sample Factor Analysis Table" example on the APA's Sample Tables page for an example of how to lay this out.

Using tables from another source in assignments & class presentations

Note the following information relates to tables that you are copying or adapting from another source.

If you have created the table from scratch, using data you collected from various sources, please follow the format information from the APA about setting up a table.

If the table is for use only in an assignment or a PowerPoint presentation, follow the advice in this section.

Citing a source for a table

The citation for the source of a table should be put underneath the table with the format - Note. [add explanatory notes here, if applicable - if no notes are applicable, just use the word "source" to explain what the note is noting] (author, date). Include the page number if applicable, for example an image from a book or journal article.

If you have adapted the table from another source, add the word Adapted from in front of the word Source.

In text citations

If you are referring to the table in the text of your document, cite the Table not the reference, for example, (see Table 1).

Reference list

Reference the source where the table was obtained from - e.g. the book, website or journal article that the table came from. 

If the author is the same as the name of the web page, omit the name of the web page.

Remember to follow the referencing format of the resource you are using (e.g. book, journal article etc.) or include as much information about the image as possible:

  • Author or Creator 
  • Date (normally the date the book/journal/webpage was published)
  • Title of the work
  • Material type in square brackets [Table].
  • Publisher
  • URL

Tables from the web (assignments and PowerPoints)



Author, A. A. or Creator, A. A. (Date). Title of image [Online image]. Publisher. http://www.xxxxx


Pew Research Center. (2019, June 12). Social media fact sheet.

Presenting the table in your assignment

Table 1

Percentage of U.S. adults by social media site 

Note. Source: (Pew Research Center, 2019).

Referring to the table in your text

As Table 1 illustrates...

Table from a journal article (assignments and PowerPoints)



Author, A. A. (Date). Title of entry. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), page numbers of the whole article.


Du, J. T., & Haines, J. (2017). Indigenous Australians' information behaviour and internet use in everyday life: An exploratory study. Information Research, 22(1).

Note this article has no page numbers. See What if there are no page numbers? for more information about citing sources without pages.

Presenting the table in your assignment

Table 2

Information needs of indigenous people in everyday life

Note. Source: (Du & Haines, 2017, Results & discussion section, para 2).

Referring to the table in your text

...a variety of infomration needs (see Table 2).

Table from an eBook (assignments and PowerPoints)



Author, A. A. (Date). Title book. Publisher. DOI or http://www.xxxxx (if applicable)


Thomas, J., Barraket, J., Wilson, C. K., Rennie, E., Ewing, S., & MacDonald, T. (2019). Measuring Australia's digital divide: The Australian digital inclusion index 2019. RMIT University and Swinburne University of Technology for Telstra.

Presenting the table in your assignment

Table 3

Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) and sub-index score ranges: low, medium, high

Note. Source: (Thomas et al., 2019, p. 9).


Referring to the table in your text

Thomas et al. (2019) showed ... (see Table 3).

Table from the ABS (assignments and PowerPoints)



Corporate author. (Date). Title: Subtitle (No. xxxx). Retrieved from URL


Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2018). Household use of information technology, Australia, 2016-17 (No. 8146.0).

Presenting the table in your assignment

Table 4

Percentage of households with internet access, 2008-2009 to 2016-2017.

Note. Source: Adapted from (ABS, 2018).

Referring to the table in your text

... as can be seen in Table 4.

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