I'm not sure how to cite my source for a figure in my appendix (APA 6th edition). I'm also wondering if my caption should appear above or below.


To cite a source for a figure:

  • The caption should appear directly below the figure.
  • It should contain information about the source in the format below (from APA Manual 6th Edition).

Example - Figure from book:

Figure 1. Short-term memory test involving pictures. Reprinted from Short-term Memory
Loss (p. 73), by K. M. Pike, 2018, New York, NY: Mackerlin Press. Copyright 2018 by
the Association for Memory Research. Reprinted with permission.
Example - Figure from internet:
Figure 1. Descriptive phrase that serves as title and description. Reprinted [or adapted]
from Title of Website, by Author First Initial. Second Initial. Surname, Year, Retrieved
from URL. Copyright [year] by the Name of Copyright Holder. Reprinted [or adapted]
with permission.
  • The figure caption contains a complete citation, but in a different format than on the reference page. 
  • Note the last statement, which is used only if your paper will be published.

Contact your Campus Library/ARC for more questions.


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