How to Cite a PowerPoint Presentation in APA Format?


How to cite a powerpoint presentation in APA is common questions who follows the APA rules. APA is a style of writing or academician to write their document in books articles and journal. APS is citing sources in the field of social and behavioural sciences. It is a described guide style of APA titled Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. It is widely used in different fields. In this post, today I’m going to describe how to cite a powerpoint APA cite. If you are writing any journal, article, book and any document you should follow the APA style. It means that when you using others ideas and information you should acknowledge them.

The content which you do not need acknowledge is common knowledge.  While preparing powerpoint slide, students or presenter add information from different sources. Without references or citation to added information, it would not be valid information. That’s why you have to know about APA format, references style and follow APA rules.  It validates your information and reflects standard.

If you are preparing powerpoint slide then your slide can also contain paragraph, table, and chart. Citation rules apply to the presentation just as they do to papers. When using or referencing another author’s ideas, you must cite that source. When incorporating a citation in a slide, do so just as you would in the traditional paper (Lowe, 2016). According to Jones (2007), Presentations aren’t different form of papers.


Use APA style rules to format any tables and figures(images) in your presentation

Graphical materials like figures and tables can be used efficiently to present information. Graphical materials can also represent numerical data in a systematic way to an audience, but graphical must be used to assist communication but not for use up space. Before you use figure and table, you should ask a question yourself is the table or figure necessary? All tables and figures explain what the reader should look for when using the table or figure. Focus only on the key point where the audience should draw from them and leave the details for the audience to examine on their own. 

If you are using a table, figures data and information from other sources, you should properly document and acknowledge them. It is important to use appropriate citation when including a figure from another source in your presentation. Sequentially use all the figure number as you refer to them in the text (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.), likewise for the table (Table 1, Table 2, etc.). Abbreviations, terminology and probability level values must be consistent across tables and figures in the same article. Do not repeat the same data in different tables. In the same way, Headings, title and formats must be consistent. 

Generally, for data in a table require more than two columns and rows. It is better to present complex data in a tabular format. For the presentation of quantitative data, the table is the best. It presents data clearly and efficiently. To present the quantitative data, the table must be arranged logically.

For example

Figure1. Bar graph showing useful information. From “Utilizing barographs,” by A. Jones, 2011, Journal of Handy Graphs, 76(2), p.3. Reprinted with permission.

Always include a reference list in the presentation. The reference always at the end of your presentation, just like you would in a paper. Reference list entries take the same format they would in a paper.

Reference Template

 Reference   Type Template
 Journal article Author, A., & Author, B. (year). Title of the article. Journal Title, Volume, page range. DOI
 Whole book Author, A., & Author, B. (year). Title of the book. DOI/URL/Publisher location: Publisher Name.
 Edited book   chapter Author, A., & Author, B. (year). Title of chapter. In E. Editor & A. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. xx-xx). DOI/URL/Publisher location: Publisher Name.
 Website Author. (year). Title of the page. Received Date, from http://www.xxxxxxxxxxx

If you use the powerpoint slide information made by others author. You should acknowledge the author. For example  

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


Park (2015) discussed this concept during her presentation: “All parties must be equally represented at all meetings” (slide 9). 

There is no typical APA guideline for Microsoft Powerpoint. The post only for suggestion.


In the end, I expect from this blog, it may help you to find the answer of how to cite a powerpoint presentation in APA format. In my opinion, It is recommended that if you are using the information from different sources then, you must acknowledge the source and the author. For acknowledging the author, American Psychological Association (APA) has defined the rules. Without acknowledging the source of information it may not be validated. That’s why always follow the APA style rules while using information from other sources.

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