How to Cite PowerPoint Presentations in APA & MLA Formats
Whether you’re a student or teacher, you rely on sources to do your research. You probably already know that it’s important to also cite your sources. But you might not know how to cite certain types of sources, for example, PowerPoint presentations.
There are more types of resources available to students than ever before and the proper way to cite those resources isn’t always clear. For example, with SlideShare (link to our tutorial) you’ve got access to hundreds of PowerPoint presentations.
If you’re wondering “how do you cite a PowerPoint” when you use one of those presentations in a paper, this tutorial is for you. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to cite a PowerPoint in APA format. We’ll also cover citing a PowerPoint in MLA format. Once you’ve discovered how to properly cite presentations, we’ll share some additional presentation resources in case you’ve got to create your own presentation.
How to Cite a PowerPoint Presentation Properly
When you’re writing an academic paper, you typically need to cite your sources at the end in a bibliography. You may also need to cite a source in the body of your paper. Let’s take a closer look at how two of the most common style guides handle citing PowerPoint presentations.
Note: If you’re using the PowerPoint presentation for an academic assignment, be sure to check your own school’s style guidelines to determine which format they require. You may also find that your school has additional requirements for citations.
How to Cite a Presentation in APA Format
APA format provides guidelines for consistently writing in a clear format. It includes standards for citing references in PowerPoint presentations as well as standards for citing images in PowerPoint, citing tables or figures, and citing many other types of information. Although it was originally created for written documents, the citation guidelines have been expanded to take into consideration websites and other digital publications.
If your lesson requires you to use APA format to cite your sources and you’re using a PowerPoint presentation as a source, you’ll be expected to treat the PowerPoint presentation very much like you would another source with a few differences. Start with the author’s last name and first initial. Add the middle initial if given. This is followed by the year the presentation was published and the title of the presentation.
The two differences between citing a PowerPoint presentation in APA format and another work is that you’ll put the phrase “PowerPoint slides” in brackets after the title of the presentations followed by the phrase “Retrieved from” and the URL where you found the presentation.
Here’s an example of a properly formatted PowerPoint citation for a bibliography in APA format (based on a fictitious source):
For a citation in the body of the paper use the author’s last name and the date the speech was published:
If you’ve got other types of sources you need to cite in APA Style or if you’ve got questions about APA style, you can find answers on the APA Style site.
How to Cite a Presentation in MLA Format
Another popular format required by many educational institutions is the MLA format. This style guide is from the Modern Language Association, which is a scholarly association that supports the study of languages and literature. MLA format is commonly used for assignments in the Humanities or Liberal Arts academic areas.
If you’re required to use MLA format to cite your sources and one of those sources is a PowerPoint presentation, the format is very similar to the APA format for citing a PowerPoint source with a few important differences. Start with the author’s last name, first name and middle name (if given). That’s followed by the title of the presentation and the year it was published. If you’ve got the tile of the website where the presentation is published, list that. Next comes the URL where you found the PowerPoint presentation. If you’re referencing a specific slide in the presentation list that slide number.
Here’s an example of a properly formatted PowerPoint citation in MLA format (based on a fictitious source):
If you’re citing a slideshow you attended in person as a source, provide the date and location of the presentation. If the presentation is part of a course, include the name of the course as well:
Perez, Juan. “How to Design Graphics That Sell With Examples.” Web Design 101: Introduction to Web Design, April 10, 2018, Anytown Community College. Slide 10.
If you’ve got other types of sources you need to cite in APA Style or if you’ve got questions about MLA style, you can find answers on the MLA Style site. You can learn more about the Modern Language Association their site.
Helpful Presentation Templates for Students and Educators
Whether you’re a student, college professor, or primary school teacher (or other type of educational professional)—your job probably involves giving a lot of presentations. If you’re looking for a presentation PowerPoint template you should consider getting a premium template. Premium templates can save you a lot of time because they come prebuilt with professional design elements already in place. All you need to do is paste your own images and information into the handy placeholders. And, they’re really easy to use.
Of course, you could create your own PowerPoint slide designs from scratch. But that can be time-consuming—especially if you’re not a professional graphic designer. You’re much better off using a premade template to get a head start on the way your presentation looks. That way, you can spend the bulk of your project time on research and writing.
If you’re a professor, teacher, or even a student who creates a lot of PowerPoint presentations, you’ll want to consider investing in an Envato Elements subscription. For one low monthly price you’ll get unlimited access to our entire library of easy-to-use PowerPoint templates, WordPress themes, video tutorials, and more. It’s an investment you’ll use again and again.
Even if you just have an occasional need for a PowerPoint presentation template, you can still access a library of professionally designed templates through GraphicRiver for a one-time fee.
Let’s take a look at some of the best PowerPoint presentation templates for educators and students from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver:
The Creativa Education PowerPoint template works well for any educational purpose. This attractive theme includes templates for 30 unique slides. Plus, there are three premade color themes. Both widescreen and standard format templates are included. If you’re a university student, you may want to take a closer look at this one.
This fun PowerPoint template is perfect for teachers and other educators. Simulate a chalkboard with either the classic green or a stylish gray background. Great for the classroom or even a learning-themed presentation. The template includes the Scratch kit font. There’s also a PSD file with a smart object layer.
Whether you’re a teacher, a professor, or a student—you’ll love the Campuz – University PowerPoint Template. It’s chock full of useful features. For example, it 25 map slides that would be just perfect for a geography or history lesson. It also includes 24/7 support.
Make learning fun with this puzzle-themed template. And who doesn’t love a good puzzle? This great template includes 30 unique slides (including an infographic). Plus, there are three different premade color themes. And there are templates for both wide screen and standard formats. Just replace the image placeholders with your own pictures and add your own text.
Whether you’re a student with a science presentation or an someone who teaches science you’ll love this unique presentation template on the solar system. And it comes with 34 custom slides. It’s based on free fonts. This would be especially good for teachers of the primary grades.
The Open University template works well for both educational and business presentations. With 90 unique slides and 111 color schemes, this is a very flexible template. It includes some animated slides. Plus the templates work for two aspect ratios. Documentation is included and updates are free.
Here’s a great business PowerPoint presentation template that can be used for professional presentations as well as educational presentations. This attractive minimalist design will help your slideshow to capture your audience’s attention. Choose from 54 different unique slides. It’s built with the PowerPoint slide master tool so your presentation stays consistent.
The Kids Presentation Template features bright, cheerful designs and primary colors. This would be great for a primary school teacher or even a principal! There are more than 30 unique slides. Choose between 17 color schemes. And it works with three different aspect rations (16:9, 4:3, and A4). Plus it’s easy to customize by adding your own images and text.
Learn Even More About Using PowerPoint
In this tutorial, you learned how to cite PowerPoint presentations using two popular style guides: APA format and MLA format. Whether you’re a teacher or a student, citing your references properly is important for academic projects.
Use the Proper Style to Cite Presentations for Your Next Academic Project
Citing sources in PowerPoint for academic projects can be tricky. You just learned the right way to cite a PowerPoint in APA format or MLA format. We’ve also explored the benefits of using templates as a head start when you create your own presentation. Plus, you’ve seen some of our best education-themed templates from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver.