# Figure and Table Captions

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Figure and Table Captions
Table 1: This is a table. This caption is fine. It is left-justified, and captions can be either left-justified or centered. Also: having part of a caption be one style (bold) and the other part be another style (not bold) is fine. You can also have captions that are all bold, or not bold at all. HOWEVER: once you choose to center OR left-justify a caption, and once you choose a font style, ALL captions from that point MUST be the same. The Table’s caption always goes on top of the table Example of a Table The caption’s “Font”, “Justification” (whether it is left, right or center justified) is same for all the tables and figures through out the dissertation or thesis. Example of a Figure The Figure’s caption is always placed below the table Figure 1: This is a photograph. This caption is also fine, because it matches the previous caption. It has the same font style, and it is also left-justified.

Basic Rules about Consistency in Figure and Table Captions
Figure 1: You can have centered captions for Figures and Tables, OR you can have left-justified captions, but you cannot have both. If ONE caption is centered, then ALL captions have to be centered. OR, if ONE caption is left-justified, then ALL captions have to be left-justified. Table 1: You can have all-bold captions, or captions with no bold at all, or captions with mixed bold and not-bold text, but you cannot have more than one style for captions throughout your document. If you choose one style for your captions, it has to be the same for every caption. Any of these options (left-justified, centered, bold, italic, etc.) are fine as long as they are applied to EVERY caption for EVERY Table and Figure. But you cannot mix styles. If these captions were all in the same document, they would be wrong, because they are not consistent. Figure 2: You can have italicized captions—or captions with an italicized part, such as the title or the explanation— but all captions for all Tables and Figures have to be the same throughout.

Examples of Individual Figure and Table Captions
INDIVIDUALLY all the captions of these Tables and Figures are correct. But you cannot have different formats for Tables and Figures throughout your document. If you use one type of format for any one Figure or Table, then you have to use the same format for all the other Figures and Tables throughout the document. Figure 1: This is a pie chart, which shows important information. The italic font is fine, the bold name and un-bold text is fine, and the centered text is fine. If you chose this style, then you would need to make sure that every caption for every Table or Figure in the document looked like this one. Font – Times New Roman, bold Justification – centered Heading – Bold Text – Bold Font – Italic, Times New Roman Justification – centered Heading – Bold Text – Not bold Font – Times New Roman Justification – Left-justified Heading – Not bold Text – Not bold Table 1: This is a table. The text is bold throughout. This caption, also, is centered. If you chose this style, then you would need to make sure that every caption for every Table or Figure in the document looked like this one. Figure 2: This chart also shows important information. The italic font is fine, and it’s fine that the caption is left-justified. If you chose this style, then you would need to make sure that every caption for every Table or Figure in the document looked like this one.

Justification of Captions
Mistake 1 Figure 2: You can have centered captions for Figures and Tables, OR you can have left-justified captions, but you cannot have both. If ONE caption is centered, then ALL captions have to be centered. OR, if ONE caption is left-justified, then ALL captions have to be centered. Table 2: This caption is wrong because it is right-justified. You can have left-justified OR centered captions in your document, but NO CAPTION CAN EVER BE RIGHT-JUSTIFIED. Left-justified OR centered captions are fine, as long as you make sure that ALL captions are EITHER left-justified OR centered in your document. If these were all in the same document, they would be wrong, because they are not consistent. Figure 3: You can have left-justified captions, but all captions for all Tables and Figures have to be the same throughout.

Figure 3: You can have italicized captions—or captions with an
Caption Fonts Mistake 2 Figure 2: It is fine to have the name of a Table or Figure be one style, and the text be another style. However, all font styles for all Table and Figure captions throughout the document must be the same. Table 2: You can have all-bold captions, or captions with no bold at all, or captions with mixed bold and not-bold text, but you cannot have more than one style. If you choose one style for your captions, it has to be the same for every caption. Your captions can be bold, italic, or none of the above. You can have one part of the caption (the name of the Table or Figure) be one style (for example, bold), and the explanation be another style (for example, not bold), but all font styles in all captions throughout your document must be the same. If these were all in the same document, they would be wrong, because they are not consistent. Figure 3: You can have italicized captions—or captions with an italicized part, like the title or the explanation—but all captions for all Tables and Figures have to be the same throughout.

Example of Figure and Table Captions with No Mistakes
Figure 1: This is a pie chart. The font style is fine, and so is the left justification. This first caption, for this first Figure, should be exactly like the rest of the captions for all other Figures and Tables in the document. Table 1: This is a Table, the first Table in the document. The captions for Tables should look exactly like the captions for Figures, and should remain consistent, in both font style and justification. All the captions’ Font – normal, “NO” Bold or Italic and Times New Roman Justification – Left justified Caption headings – Left justified & bold Figure 2: This is a chart, and it is the second Figure in the document. This caption is fine because it has remained consistent with the rest of the captions in this document. All other captions for all other Figures and Tables should match this one, and all the previous captions.

Example of Figure and Table Captions with No Mistakes
Figure 1: This is a pie chart. The font style is fine, and so is the center justification. This first caption, for this first Figure, should be exactly like the rest of the captions for all other Figures and Tables in the document. Table 1: This is a Table, the first Table in the document. The captions for Tables should look exactly like the captions for Figures, and should remain consistent, in both font style and justification. All the captions’ Font – Italic and Times New Roman Justification – center justified Caption headings – Center justified & bold & Italic Figure 2: This is a chart, and it is the second Figure in the document. This caption is fine because it has remained consistent with the rest of the captions in this document. All other captions for all other Figures and Tables should match this one, and all the previous captions.