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Format an APA PowerPoint Reference Slide

In addition to an APA 7 research paper, your teacher may also ask you to prepare a PowerPoint slideshow presentation. Just like any other research presentation, you must include proper citations of your sources for your slideshow presentation.

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APA In-Text Citations for PowerPoint

As you prepare your PowerPoint or Prezi slideshow presentations in APA 7, you’ll need to distill your research points down to short slides that are still clear and well-presented. Even though your research must be concise to fit on slides, you may still find yourself adding quotations or references throughout the presentation. If this is the case, you’ll need to treat the slide text the same way you would on paper.

APA citation follows the author-date referencing style, both in-text and in the references list.


(Jones, 2018)

Jones (2018) describes current research as “using outdated methods” (p.12).

Indeed, Jones argues that current research is outdated (2018).

Formatting Your APA Reference Slide

Students Citing Your Sources in an APA PowerPoint Presentation

The last slide of your presentation is your References slide. Just as you would in a research paper, you must correctly cite the sources you used. Follow the same formatting guidelines for multiple authors, books, journals and other periodicals as you did in your research paper. If you’re preparing a slideshow based on your written paper, it’s easy to copy and paste the entries onto the references slide.

Formatting your references slide is similar to formatting APA references in a paper. However, as you have less space available, you should single space the entries. Also, do not use the hanging indent.

Center References on the final slide.
Single space the entries.
Do not use a hanging indent.


Alphabetize in the same manner – by author’s last name, initial or by the title of the work, if there is no author.

Avoiding Plagiarism

You may wonder why you need to cite your sources in a slideshow given that there isn’t much room on each slide. However, remember that citing sources avoids charges of plagiarism, establishes authority and gives credit to the original author. You may also be asked to convert your slideshow into a video or to post it online for others to view.

Preparing a well-designed, concise slideshow takes some thought and you may make several revisions before you’re happy with it. Keep the content uncluttered and easy to follow. Other than space-saving measures, creating citations and formatting the references slide in a PowerPoint presentation follows the same APA style as for research papers.

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FAQ Format an APA PowerPoint Reference Slide

How to cite a PowerPoint in APA?

To create a PowerPoint citation for your APA references, you’ll need the author, date, presentation title, publisher, and URL, if available. An example of an APA PowerPoint citation will look like:
Smith, A. (2020, October 15). Name of the presentation [PowerPoint slides]. SlideShare. https://www.slideshare.net/name of the presentation

How to cite pictures using APA in a PowerPoint?

When citing an image in a PowerPoint presentation, the citation information can go under the image on the slide or on the references slide. For the citation, you need the creator's name, the title of the work, medium, publisher, and place of publication, if available.

How do you cite a professor’s PowerPoint in APA?

To cite a professor’s PowerPoint presentation in APA, you’ll need the professor's name, date, presentation title, publisher, and the URL, if available. For example:
Brown, C. (2020, January 13). The composition of atoms [PowerPoint slides]. SlideShare. https://www.slideshare.net/brown/composition of atoms

How do you in-text cite a PowerPoint in APA?

The author’s last name and date are needed to make an in-text citation in APA style. This looks like (Garrett, 2019).

How to cite PowerPoint slides in APA?

When citing a specific PowerPoint slide, you'll include the slide number in addition to the author and date information. An example of this would look like (Garrett, 2019, slide 10).

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