APA Referencing: How do I reference a figure from an article from a database?

Reference example

Madhavji, N. H., & Schafer, W. (1991). Prism: Methodology and process-oriented environment. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 17(12), 1270-1283. Retrieved from ProQuest database.


In-text example

In the text, put a caption under the figure.

Prism model
Figure 1. The Prism model (from Madhavji & Schafer, 1991, p. 1271)


What information do I need to create a reference for a figure (image, graph, chart, map, drawing, photograph) from a database?

Elements that may be required to create a reference for a figure from an article from a database are as follows:

1. Author

Corporate author
No author

2. Date

No date (n.d.)

3. Title

Title of article
Title of publication
Title of series

4. Retrieval Information

Volume number
Issue number
Page number(s)
Database name



EIT APA Referencing Guides

APA Referencing Guide - Examples
APA Referencing Guide - Instructions
APA Referencing: A Brief Guide

Official APA Referencing Website
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