This section (Figures and Tables) refers to how to format illustrations that are embedded into the body of a paper or presentation. For how to cite illustrations without embedding them, see the Miscellaneous section.
The MLA style divides document illustrations into three kinds: figures, tables, and examples.
What are figures?
Figures are all visual illustrations that are not tables or musical scores, such as photos, maps, diagrams, illustrations, etc.
What are tables?
Tables display numerical values or textual information arranged in rows and/or columns.
What are examples?
The designation "example" (abbreviated "Ex.") refers to a portion of a musical score.
Location and formatting of embedded images
Place tables and illustrations as close as possible to the parts of the text to which they relate. Each illustration must include a label, a number, a caption and/or source information.
A note on copyright
Fig. 3. Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait at the Easel Painting a Devotional Panel. "Sofonisba Anguissola," Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sofonisba_Anguissola.