How to cite a table in MLA

MLA table citation

It is common practice to refer to the table and its corresponding numeral in-text in parentheses. In case the graph has been published in a journal article, or government report, take a look at our MLA table citation guides below.

MLA citation format for a table

Take a look at our works cited examples that demonstrate the MLA style guidelines in action:


table citation from a journal

Ahmed, Bakr. "Cholestrol levels in a cohort of 250 participants." Journal of Obesity, vol. 56, no. 4, 2012, pp. 107-116,

table citation from a government report

Environment Protection Agency, Heavy Metal Contamination in the Nile River, USGPO, 2008.

How to do an in-text citation for a table in MLA

When citing a table in-text using the MLA style, refer to the table by number in parentheses.

In practice, you can expect your table's in-text citation to be in this format (see table 1).

How to do a caption for a table in MLA

Below the table, use the descriptor "Source," followed by a colon, then provide the information for the source in caption form.


Citation of a table from a journal

Source:Galal, Mariam. "Levels of MxA gene expression." Journal of Cancer Biology, vol. 65, no. 2, 2006, pp. 107-116,

If you provide source information below the table, you do not need to provide the same information in the references list.

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