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APA PowerPoint Reference List


Your teacher may ask you to prepare your research paper and then also prepare an accompanying slideshow presentation. Just like any other research presentation, you must include proper citation of your sources on your PowerPoint or Prezi slide show presentation.

Students Citing Your Sources in an APA PowerPoint Presentation

In-Text PowerPoint Citations

As you prepare your slideshow presentations, you’ll need to distill your research points down to clear, well-presented but short slides. However, even though your research will be concise in order to fit on slides, you may still find yourself adding quotations or references throughout the slides. If this is the case, you’ll need to treat the slide text in the same way you would on paper.

Include your in-text citations as you would within your paper using APA style. APA 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Jones, (2018) describes current research as ‘using outdated methods’ (p.12).

Jones argues that current research is outdated (2018).

Formatting Your APA Reference Slide

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 slide show off your written paper, it’s easy to just 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. 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.

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 the point of citing sources is to avoid charges of plagiarism, establishing authority and giving credit to the original author. You may be asked to convert your slideshow into a video or post it online for others to view.

Preparing a well-designed, concise slideshow takes some thought and you may find yourself 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 APA style for research papers.

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About the author

Adrienne Mathewson

Adrienne Mathewson, Editor-in-Chief of Bibliography.com, is an Information Professional with a Master’s in Library, Information & Science from San José State University with an emphasis on information literacy and scholarly publishing. She is a certified librarian through the State of New Mexico.

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