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How to Reference Materials in PowerPoint

by Forest Time, Demand Media
    PowerPoint presentations often contain valuable information that can be used in academic papers.

    PowerPoint presentations often contain valuable information that can be used in academic papers.

    While it is possible to use information from a PowerPoint presentation in a term paper, it is important to remember to cite it so as to avoid plagiarizing the person who originally made the presentation. The correct format for citing a PowerPoint presentation in a list of references will depend on whether you are using American Psychological Association (APA) or Modern Language Association (MLA) format.

    Citing a PowerPoint Presentation in APA Format

    Step 1

    List the name of the author in the following format: last name, first initial. For example: Smith, A.

    Step 2

    List the year of publication enclosed in parentheses. Follow this information with a period. For example: (2005).

    Step 3

    List the title of the presentation. The title should appear in italics, and only the first letter of the title and proper nouns should be capitalized. For example: How to reference materials in PowerPoint

    Step 4

    List the format of the slides, enclosed in brackets and followed by a period. For example: [PowerPoint slides].

    Step 5

    List the URL of the website on which you found the PowerPoint presentation. For example: Retrieved from http://www.do.com/howto/referencepowerpoint

    Step 6

    Make sure that the full citation appears in the following format, and that the title appears in italics. Smith, A. (2005). How to reference materials in PowerPoint [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from http://www.do.com/howto/referencepowerpoint

    Citing a PowerPoint Presentation in MLA Format

    Step 1

    List the name of the presentation's author in the following format: last name, first name. For example: Smith, Avery.

    Step 2

    List the title of the PowerPoint presentation in quotation marks, followed by a period. For example: "How To Reference Materials in PowerPoint."

    Step 3

    List the year of publication, followed by a period. For example: 2005.

    Step 4

    List the name of the website on which the presentation appears in italics, followed by a period. For example: eHow.

    Step 5

    List the medium of publication followed by a period. For example: Web.

    Step 6

    List the date you accessed the information in the following format: day month year. Follow this information with a period. The name of the month should be abbreviated down to three letters. For example: 24 Aug. 2010.

    Step 7

    Make sure that the citation appears in the following format, with he name of the website appear in italics. Smith, Avery. "How To Reference Materials in PowerPoint." 2005. Do. Web. 24 Aug. 2010.

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    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.

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