How to Cite a PowerPoint in APA?

Writing an APA reference list can be tricky, but with this guide, you’ll learn how to properly cite PowerPoint slides in APA format in no time at all!

How do I cite a PowerPoint in APA?

It is important to note that to avoid instances of plagiarism, PowerPoint presentations should be treated just like any other research paper or article. This means that the presentation is required to have citations for any outside sources included in the presentation. These include any direct quotes, paraphrased words and ideas, images, tables and data, video, and audio files.

APA style has explicit instructions for citing PowerPoint presentations. To do so, you will need to follow the steps:

Citing a Presentation Posted Online

Author or Presenter Last Name, Author’s Initial. First Initial. Description of the format. (Date of publication). Title of presentation [PowerPoint presentation]. Conference Name, Location. URL

Citing a Live Presentation

  • Leave a live presentation out of your reference list. The point of a reference list, in APA style, is to provide a reliable path for your readers to find the source you used.
  • Use the first initial of the presenter (and middle initial, if available) followed by their last name.
  • Type a space after the comma following the name of the presenter, then type the words “personal communication.”
  • Type a space after the comma following “personal communication,” then type the date the presentation was given.
  • Use a month-day-year format, spelling out the month in full.

For Example:

(A. A. Author, personal communication, Month Day, Year)

How do you cite a PowerPoint in APA 7th edition?

According to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition, one way you can use APA citation is when citing information from a PowerPoint presentation. To do this, you would include what you are quoting (the author’s name and any other contributors), followed by the phrase pp. For example: (John Smith, Jane Doe). If paraphrasing instead of quoting something, you would reference that with according-to. So your full citation would be as follows: (Smith 123).

How to cite a PowerPoint that has multiple authors?

If the PowerPoint has just two authors, separate them with a comma and an ampersand (&). If the PowerPoint has more than two authors, list the authors separated by commas.

Reference examples:

Felner, D., & Nguy, A. (2021 April 10-12). The history of Claymation [Slideshow]. Animation Now, Los Angeles, CA, United States.

Felner, D., Nguy, A., Becham, G. (2021 April 10-12). The history of Claymation [Slideshow]. Animation Now, Los Angeles, CA, United States.