Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Aug 26, 2019     Views: 22975

APA does not provide exact guidance for handling citations and a Reference page in PowerPoint presentations. However, there are still best-practices recommended by several universities.

Labeling 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 Reference page on your last slide.

You have leeway in choosing font and font size for your in-text citations and Reference page. If an entire slide can be attributed to one source, you can put the "in-text" citation in the bottom corner of the slide. You can use hanging indentation on your Reference page or a bulleted list. Sometimes formatting in PowerPoint can be difficult.

I've included a link to Holgate Library's PowerPoint in APA format guide, and a link to our Cite APA Style guide.


Comments (2)

  1. I need the font size, please.
    by lark2468 on Jul 26, 2015
  2. Hello

    APA does not specify rules for references and citations in PowerPoint presentations. For papers, the font requirement is Times New Roman 12 pt., which you would be safe in using in your PowerPoint. According to APA, you do have leeway in the font and size in presentations to ensure readability. When in doubt ask your professor. See the links in the original answer for examples.
    by Erin McDaniel on Jul 27, 2015

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