How to Cite Power Point Slides in APA Style

by Forest Time, Demand Media

When writing a term paper, it is very important to cite all your sources, Though it may seem like a small thing, using a source but not acknowledging it could lead to charges of plagiarism. This is especially true of material that may not have seen wide circulation, such as a PowerPoint presentation. You can easily avoid this danger by following the clear citation guidelines laid out by the American Psychological Association (APA).

List the author of the presentation in the following format: Smith, K.

List the given title of the presentation in italics. Only capitalize the first letter of the title, and the first letter of any proper nouns. For example: Why the United States needs to reduce its debt

List the medium of your source in brackets and follow it with a period. This information should appear as follows: [PowerPoint slides].

List the web address of the site from which you retrieved the PowerPoint slides. This should appear in the following format: Retrieved from

Double-check to make sure that your completed citation appears in the following format: Smith, K. Why the United States needs to reduce its debt [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from Don't forget to italicize the title.

About the Author

Forest Time has been writing for over a decade. During this time, he founded and edited a short-lived literary magazine, received several prizes for his poetry and published a master's thesis on Cambodian history. He received his Master of Arts in Asian history from the University of Maine at Orono in 2007.