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Citing PowerPoint in Chicago/Turabian Style  

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Student Citing PowerPoint in Chicago/Turabian Style

It’s common for instructors to use slide show presentations during class lectures. It’s acceptable to use lectures as a cited source; however, it’s best to use them sparingly and find peer-reviewed journal articles or books by authoritative sources to back up your research. One way to use slide show presentations is to review the bibliography for the lecture. This helps you evaluate whether it’s a good source for your paper and also leads you to relevant sources on the topic.

  • PowerPoint presentations are cited in Chicago/Turabian style in the same way as lectures.

Chicago Style

Chicago/Turabian style has two ways of citing sources. One is the author-date style, which uses a reference list rather than a bibliography and the other is the notes-biblio style, which incorporates footnotes and/or endnotes in the paper.

In high school essays, you will use MLA style; however, at times, your teacher may ask you to use Chicago/Turabian style. Most likely, it will be the author-date style as that is easier to use.

Citing a PowerPoint Presentation: Author-Date

As with other cited sources, start with the last name, first name of the author, the date, and the title of the lecture. Here is the format for a lecture presentation.

Rivera, Terry. 2018. “Understanding Global Economic Trade Issues.” PowerPoint presentation, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, May 26, 2018.

 

(If you accessed it online, include the URL or DOI.)

Citing a PowerPoint Presentation: Notes-Biblio

When you use a PowerPoint presentation as a source in Chicago Notes-Biblio, it is treated the same as a lecture. Add the URL or DOI, if accessed online. Some instructors may require lectures and presentations to be included as notes only, not as a bibliographic entry. Review your assignment rubric or ask your teacher.

Notes:

Format

1 First name Last name of professor, “Title or Subject of the Lecture” (class lecture, Course Name, College Name, Location, Month.

Example

1 Rivera, Terry, ““Understanding Global Economic Trade Issues” (PowerPoint presentation, Economics 101, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, May 26, 2018).

 

Bibliography Citation

Rivera, Terry. “Understanding Global Economic Trade Issues.” PowerPoint presentation, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, May 26, 2018.

 

(If you accessed it online, include the URL or DOI.)

PowerPoint presentations are a good way to find additional sources. As with any research project, the author must cite accurate and authoritative sources. You can check out the final slide of the presentation for the references or bibliography.

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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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