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Images, Tables, and Graphics

Graphs, images, and other visual arguments can assist you in persuading the reader to accept your argument.  Look for images (graphs, charts, etc.) that contain information that supports your thesis. The graphic must provide concrete details and facts to support your argument.


When using a graphic in your paper, you must discuss the information found in your table/chart within the body of your research paper.  Graphics are not used to “pretty up” the paper, but used to further supplement the writer’s argument, so:

Check this tutorial to create a table/chart using Microsoft Word 2010:


Word Tutorial


To Create an Image, look at this pdf and follow instructions:



Check out this tutorial to create a graph in Google Docs:

Google Docs Tutorial


To create a chart or graph in google docs, look at this support page:

Support Page


MLA Formatting for Tables and Charts


You must discuss the table in your paper by referring to the table and its corresponding numeral in-text. Do not capitalize the word table. This is typically done in parentheses.    Ex: (see table 1).
Embed the table in the paragraph where you are discussing the table.


If you are embedding a jpg, right click the picture and choose wrap text, square.

Align the table flush-left to the margin.
Label it Table and provide its corresponding Arabic numeral.            Ex.  Table 3
On the next line, create a caption for the table (often the table title if it has one). Use standard capitalization rules.
Below the title, write the word Source followed by a colon, and then provide the correct MLA bibliographic information for the source. Use a hanging indent for lines after the first. If you provide source information with your illustrations, you do not need to provide this information on the Works Cited page.
Bibliographic Info:  Use the source where you got your raw data, statistics, research, and format in the same way as you would with a quote.


Author.  “Article Title.”  Title of Website, Journal, Newspaper, Book.  Date of Publication.  Medium (web, jpeg, pdf, print etc).  Date of Access.

 table example


All visuals/illustrations that are not tables are labeled Figure or Fig.      Ex. diagrams, gifs, jpegs, charts, etc
Below the figure, provide a label name and its corresponding Arabic numeral (no bold or italics), followed by a period (e.g. Fig. 1.).  Here, Figure and Fig. are capitalized.
Refer to the figure in the paragraph next to the where you embed the image by referring to Figure and provide an Arabic numeral that corresponds to the figure. Do not capitalize figure or fig.
On the same line as the label and number, provide a title and/or caption as well as relevant source information. If you provide source information with your illustrations, you do not need to provide this information on the Works Cited page.
 illustration 2

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