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APA Figures, Images and Tables: Guidelines

APA Referencing: all figures, images and tables you use will need an in -ext citation and a reference entry (unless they are your own work, then they just need a title).
All externally assessed assignments (e.g. Extended Essay, TOK Essay) from ISZL must use APA formatting.
Internally graded assessments must use some referencing system, though they are not obligated to use APA. Your instructor may choose a less formal referencing system (e.g. Creative Commons Attribution- see box below) 
There are three main components to remember when including a table or figure:
1. Refer to the table or figure in the body of your text, e.g. “As Figure 1 illustrates…” or “…as the data have shown (Figure 1).”
2. Include the table or figure number, the title of the table/figure, the image itself, and the explanatory note and reference, if applicable (see examples for further explanation).
3. Include a full reference list entry for each table or figure, if applicable. 

From the University of Notre Dame LibGuide on APA Figure, Table and Image Citations

APA Referencing for Figures, Images and Tables

APA Image: Figure, Title, In-Text Citation and full Reference.

Adapted from the University of Notre Dame LibGuide on APA Figure, Table and Image Citations.  An excellent resource for your citation needs. 


An ideal attribution of a CC-licensed image


Here is an example of an ideal attribution of a CC-licensed image: title. owner, source/location, license. 

Furggelen afterglow” by Lukas Schlagenhauf is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

This is an ideal attribution because it includes the:

How you attribute authors of the CC works will depend on whether you modify the content, if you create a derivative, if there are multiple sources, etc.
If you need more help, we’ve outlined the best practices for attribution on the CC Wiki here.


Creative Commons Licensing: ensure you understand what attribution is needed 


APA Referencing Figures, Tables and Images Part 2

APA Table: Figure, Title, In-Text Citation and full Reference.
The University of Notre Dame provides this excellent example paper resource: a more comprehensive look at how figures should appear and be referred to inside the body of paper. 

Adapted from the University of Notre Dame LibGuide on APA Figure, Table and Image Citations.  An excellent resource for your citation needs. 


Britannica Image Quest

Britannica Image Quest
Millions of rights-cleared images from their trusted site. Outside of the ISZL environment a password is required (see Schoology resources) 

Flickr- Access to thousands of CC licensed images

Access to Flickr's photo library- filter your search according to your attribution needs

Images in Flickr CC search automatically generate citations 


Wiki Images

Wikimedia Commons - Images

You must cite all images in your work. Be aware "All images on Commons should be reusable but…
…each may have different requirements for crediting a photographer, linking a license, etc." (Wikimedia Commons)


Pixabay - Royalty Free Images and Stock photos

Create a free account to access this huge repository of fresh photos, illustrations, and vectors. You must cite every image you use in your work and provide attribution for each creator on the site.


Library of Congress

Featuring items from the Library's digital collections that are free to use and reuse.

Google Images


If you use GOOGLE IMAGES to find images, you must filter for copyright free images.

Steps to filter for copyright free images:

1. Search for an image in Google Images

2. Select the Tool Tab at the top of the page

3. Select the Drop Down Menu entitled Usage Rights

4. Select Creative Commons Licenses

5. You may now use the images that have been filtered BUT you still need to cite the source.