How to Cite a PowerPoint in APA: 2 Easy Ways

Mara Calvello Mara Calvello  |  September 23, 2019

You should always give credit where credit is due.

Whether it’s admitting that you didn’t do as much work on the group project as you should have or citing where you got your source in a school paper, it’s best to be honest.

Because of this, you may be unsure of how to source your information in APA format, especially if it’s from a PowerPoint presentation.

To make sure you’re citing a PowerPoint correctly, just keep reading.

How to cite a PowerPoint in APA

When you’re looking to cite a PowerPoint in APA, it’s important that you do it correctly. It’s different than citing a PowerPoint in MLA, and how you cite the PowerPoint will depend on the source.

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Citing a PowerPoint in APA from the web

When you’re doing research and stumble upon a PowerPoint presentation that has been published online that you’d like to cite, it’s relatively easy. The sequence should be:

Last name, First initial. (Year). Title of presentation [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from URL

Within your citation page, it’ll look something like this:

Reynolds, J. (2018). Effective Team Building Strategies [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from

Citing a PowerPoint in APA from a lecture

Not every PowerPoint presentation you’re looking to cite in APA style is going to be found on the web. For instance, maybe you’d like to cite a PowerPoint from a lecture. If that’s the case, the citation will be a little different.

Last name, First initial. (Year). Title of presentation [PowerPoint presentation]. Location of lecture

As an example, it’ll look something like this:

Reynolds, J. (2018). Effective Team Building Strategies [PowerPoint presentation]. DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Knowledge is power

Cross your T’s, dot your I’s, and make sure you’re honest about where you got your information. Your citation page at the end of a project is important, and now you can be sure you’re sourcing a PowerPoint presentation the right way.

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Mara Calvello

Mara is a Senior Content Marketing Specialist at G2. In her spare time, she's typically at the gym polishing off a run, reading a book from her overcrowded bookshelf, or right in the middle of a Netflix binge. Obsessions include the Chicago Cubs, Harry Potter, and all of the Italian food imaginable. (she/her/hers)

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