MLA Citation :: Tables

  1. "Place tables as close as possible to the parts of the text to which they refer."
  2. Label as Table, give it a number and a caption as shown in the example below.
  3. Place the citation immediately below the table. If the caption of a table provides complete information about the source and the source is not cited in the text, no entry for the source in the works-cited list is necessary.
  4. Preface the citation with "Source:" if you are using the table "as-is." But, preface the citation with "Modified from" or "Adapted from" if you changed the original table in any way, or if you create a table based on data (In this case, you'd be citing the data).
  5. Cite as you normally would based on where you found the table or data. If you found the information on a web page, then format your citation as you would for a web page. Likewise, if you found the information in a magazine article retrieved from a library database, then cite it accordingly.
  6. A figure is anything that isn't a table, including images, graphics, illustrations, maps, and photos. Need to cite a figure?


Table 1
Land Use in Spain

Type of Land Percentage
arable 27.18%
permanent crops




Adapted from: "Spain." The World Fact Book. Central Intelligence

Agency, 29 Sept. 2010. Web. 16 Oct. 2010. <


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