Answered By: Lisa Nebout
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 102

MLA does not provide exact guidance for handling citations and a Works Cited page in PowerPoints. However, there are still best-practices recommended by Purdue Owl and several universities.

Labelling figures and tables is more straight forward.

The easiest way to handle citations and references is to follow the same rules you would for a paper, and do an in-text citation within the sentence or bullet point, and have a Works Cited page on your last slide.

If for design reasons, you would prefer to put a complete reference on each slide, you can do that and omit a separate Works Cited page. However, keep in mind that if you refer to more than one source on a single slide, including the references on that slide will make it very text-heavy.

In addition to the examples below, I've included a link to Purdue Owl's MLA guide, Holgate Library's PowerPoint in MLA format Guide, and a link to our Cite MLA Style LibGuide.

Here are some examples:

In-Text Citations:


Follow the standard MLA rules for in-text citations.

Works Cited page:


Include a separate Works Cited page. If you don't have room to double space, that's ok. If you have to use bullets, so you can't include a hanging indent, that's ok.

Table Example:

Number the table. Spell out the word "table". Use an Arabic number (not spelled out). On the next line, include a caption, title or brief description.

Underneath the table, include the source information, beginning with Source:. You don't have to include it in your Works Cited page, unless you cite it on another slide.

Illustration or Figure Example:

Underneath the picture, include the figure number. Capitalize the word "figure". Use a "." if you shorten the word, and use an Arabic numeral (don't spell out the number). On the same line, include a caption, title or brief description.

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