APA Fact of the Week: Figure Captions

Posted October 2, 2015

A Figure caption is an explanation of the figure that is located below the actual figure and acts as a title. The caption of the figure should include:
– Title
– Where the figure was adapted from (if applicable)
– Author(s) of the figure
– Publication date
– Additional source information
o May need to obtain copyright permission

Ex. (APA6, p. 159)


Figure X. Schematic drawings of a bird’s eye view. Adapted from “Visual Experience Enhances Infants’ Use of Task-Relevant Information in an Action Task,” by S.-H. Wang and L. Kohne, 2007, Developmental Psychology, 43, p. 1515. Copyright 2003 by the American Psychological Association.

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