Appendices can be used in both lab reports and essays, and are used to provide the reader with specific information that would be distracting if it was placed in the body of your work. Appendixes should be placed after your reference list.

Common Types of Appendices

  • Common types of appendices include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • A sample of questionnaire items or other survey instruments used in the research;

  • A figure or table of stimuli or other apparatus used during the research;

  • Important information that you cannot fit within your essay due to the word count;

  • Additional statistical tables or figures

Labelling Appendices

  • If you only have one appendix in your paper, simply label it “Appendix”

  • If you have two or more appendices, label each one with a capital letter (e.g., Appendix A, Appendix B etc.). Appendices MUST be labelled in the order in which they are mentioned in your paper.

  • In your paper be sure to refer to each appendix by their labels, for example “…. as shown in Appendix A.”

APA Format for Appendices
The APA guidelines concerning how to format your essay or lab report also apply to appendices.

When it comes to headings, treat your appendices as a separate document to the rest of your paper. For example, the body of your paper can have four levels of heading, but your appendix may only have two levels (therefore treat your appendix as a two-level heading paper).

Table and Figure Numbers
Number each appendix table and figure as separate from the rest of your paper. Precede the number with the letter of the appendix it is included within. For example if you have two appendices with two tables in each you would label them Table A1, Table A2, Table B1, Table B2 etc. If you only have one appendix precede all table and figure numbers with an “A” to distinguish them from those in the main text.

Copyright Issues
Be sure to determine whether permission is required from the copyright holder before including another author’s test or questionnaire within an appendix.