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How to Cite a PowerPoint Presentation in MLA Style

by Paige Johansen, Demand Media

    The Modern Language Association system of style, used mainly by writers in literature and the humanities, provides formats to cite research from sources such as a PowerPoint presentation. Writers will cite these types of presentations according to where it was found.

    PowerPoint from a Lecture

    If you saw the PowerPoint at lecture or conference, you should cite the lecture. Include the presenter, presentation title, name of conference, location venue and city, date of the lecture, and kind of lecture (or just write "Lecture."). For example: Smith, Jane. "Emily Dickinson." Poetry Convention. Hilton Hotel, Charlottesville, VA. 12 April 2013. Keynote address.

    PowerPoint on Computer

    If you simply have the PowerPoint on your computer, cite the presentation using the digital file format. Include as much information as you have, such as the author's name, the name of the presentation, the date the file was created and the medium. For example: Smith, Jane. "Emily Dickinson." May 2011. PowerPoint presentation.

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    About the Author

    Paige Johansen has been writing professionally since 2003. She holds a B.A. in psychology and English from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from The University of Virginia. Between degrees, she worked in the fashion industry for two years.

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