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PSY 240 - Online - Developmental Psychology: Citing in Powerpoint Presentations

Effective Powerpoints

Designing an Effective PowerPoint Presentation: Quick Guide from the OWL: Purdue Online Writng Lab.

Simple APA Citation within Powerpoint

APA does not offer specific advice on how to cite within a PowerPoint.  But one can assume that a PowerPoint is simply a paper and that all the rules that apply to a paper apply to the PowerPoint.  In-text citations (or parenthetical citations) point your viewer to specific entries on the References page.

With that said, general rules must be followed.

  • One must create parenthetical citations whenever you quote, paraphrase, or summarize information from another source.
  • The parenthetical citations is generally located at the end of the sentence (before the period), or as close as possible to the text which you quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.  
  • One must create parenthetical citations for all graphics used.
  • The PowerPoint presentation must have a slide that is the References page .  Normally this would be the last slide.
  • References on the slide are formatted exactly as they would be formatted for the References page of a paper. 

Below is a Sample PowerPoint in which APA format is used.  Remember that the placement of the parenthetical citation on a slide is not absolute.  However, it should be apparent to the viewer where the information is coming from. 

Citing a Youtube Video

In APA a Youtube video is best cited as a video blog post. 

General Format  
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Author Surname OR Screen name, Year)
      Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. OR Author screen name. (Year, Month Day
            {of video post}). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from URL of specific video
       In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Norton, 2006)
       In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Norton, 2006)
      Norton, R. (2006, November 4). How to train a cat to operate a light switch [Video
            file]. Retrieved from