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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
                                                                              Example of                                                 and figures through out the
                                                                                                                                             dissertation or thesis.
                                                                               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

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                 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
                                                                  Any of these options (left-                     the same for every caption.
                                                               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
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4                                                                 document, they would be
3                                                               wrong, because they are not
                                      Series 1                             consistent.
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1                                     Series 2
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                                      Series 3


          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
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                                                                                                            INDIVIDUALLY all the captions of these
                                                              1st Qtr                                       Tables and Figures are correct. But you
                                                                                                            cannot have different formats for Tables
                                                              2nd Qtr
                                                                                                            and Figures throughout your document.
                                                              3rd Qtr                                       If you use one type of format for any one
                                                              4th Qtr                                       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,
                                                               Font – Italic, Times New
                                                                                                                              bold
                                                                        Roman
                                                                                                                   Justification – centered
                                                               Justification – centered
                                                                                                                       Heading – Bold
                                                                   Heading – Bold
                                                                                                                          Text – Bold
                                                                   Text – Not bold




                                                                  Font – Times New Roman
                                                                 Justification – Left-justified   Table 1: This is a table. The text is bold throughout. This caption,
  5                                                                  Heading – Not bold           also, is centered. If you chose this style, then you would need to
  4                                                                     Text – Not bold             make sure that every caption for every Table or Figure in the
  3                                                                                                                  document looked like this one.
                                               Series 1
  2
  1                                            Series 2
  0
                                               Series 3




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

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      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
  5                                                                      all in the same document, they
  4
  3                                                                    would be wrong, because they are
                                              Series 1                             not consistent.
  2
  1                                           Series 2
  0
                                              Series 3




Figure 3: You can have left-justified captions, but all captions for all Tables and Figures
have to be the same throughout.
                                                                                 Caption Fonts

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    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),
5
4                                                                    but all font styles in all captions
3                                                               throughout your document must be the
                                              Series 1             same. If these were all in the same
2
1                                             Series 2              document, they would be wrong,
0                                                                   because they are not consistent.
                                              Series 3




              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

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                                                                 1st Qtr                                                                 No
                                                                 2nd Qtr                                                               Mistakes
                                                                 3rd Qtr
                                                                 4th Qtr



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 &
    5                                                                                            bold
    4
    3                                              Series 1
    2
    1                                              Series 2
    0
                                                   Series 3




 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

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                                                               1st Qtr                                                                   No
                                                               2nd Qtr                                                                 Mistakes
                                                               3rd Qtr
                                                               4th Qtr



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
  5
  4
  3                                              Series 1
  2
  1                                              Series 2
  0
                                                 Series 3




 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.

				
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