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Citing PowerPoint Presentations in APA


Student Citing PowerPoint Presentations in APA

Students may find useful sources prepared in slideshow format using formats such as PowerPoint or Prezi. Lectures, meeting notes and other primary sources can be found in these presentations.

Just like any other source, you must cite correctly in your APA reference list.

PowerPoint Slideshow Citation

While citing lectures, meeting notes or other slideshow presentations, follow the standard APA author/date citation format. State the author, date, title of the presentation. Then within brackets, place the format such as [PowerPoint slides] or [Prezi Slide Show Presentation].

If the presentation is accessible online, include the link. Often the lecturer will post slide shows in the school’s website.


Author, A. A. (year of publication). Title of presentation [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from URL or DOI


Tenten, B. A. (2018). Outlining your APA research paper: An overview [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from http://www.xxx.edu/ppt/xxxx

In-Text Citation

When you refer to a piece of information in the slide show presentation, include the slide number.


Direct Quotation

(Jones, 2014, slide 4)


(Jones, 2014)

Remember one of the purposes of citing sources is to guide your reader to the same source you used so provide as much information as you can within your citation following APA citation style guidelines.

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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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