How to Cite a Graph in APA


If you are drawing information for a paper from a math, sociology or economics source, you may want to include a graph from your research in your paper. Whenever you include a graph from an outside source in your work, credit the author so your reader can see where your information comes from. In American Psychological Association style, the source of a graph is noted when it appears in the text and is included in your reference list.

Citing Graph Sources in Reference Lists

  • When you include a graph in your text, the source of that graph is included on your reference list. If the graph was taken from a book, use the following basic format:

    Author Lastname, First Initial(s). (Year). Title of book: Subtitle if applicable. Publisher location: Publisher.

    For example:
    Corns, J.B. (1963). Barley, sage, rosemary stocks: A history. Ithaca, NY: Farmstead Press.

    When citing an article from a journal or other periodical, use this format:

    Author Lastname, First Initial(s). (Year, Month Day, if applicable). Article title: Subtitle if applicable. Title of periodical, Volume number(Issue number), article pages. Retrieved from URL (if located on Web).

    For example:
    Connule, B.C. (2013, April). Rituals of time and space: Atacama dioramas. Chilean religious monthly, 45(4), pp. 23-76.

Graphs in Text

  • When you include a graph from an outside source in the body of your text, place a note after the graph that provides information about the source. This is the format:

    Note. From Title of book, page, by Author Name, Year, Publication location: Publisher.

    For example:
    Note. From Barley, sage, rosemary stocks: A history, p. 27, by J.B. Corns, 1963, Ithaca, NY: Farmstead Press.

    If the graph is taken from a journal article, the article title is placed in quotation marks, and the journal information and page are used in place of the publication information:

    Note. From "Rituals of time and space: Atacama dioramas" by B.C. Connule, 2013, Chilean religious monthly, 45(4), p. 48.


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