How to Cite a PowerPoint

Using citations is very useful, especially in PowerPoint. Presentation slides often contain less text than a Word document, so it is hard to include everything in them. If you use citations, you can refer your presentation audience to additional resources. In case you didn’t know, citations are sources you used to write a presentation or any other work. You should put them at the bottom of your work. The list of all sources that are cited is called references. Every citation contains the author’s name and the year of publication, as well as the number of pages that were used. Now you just need to learn how to cite a PowerPoint presentation.

How do you add a citation in PowerPoint

There are three different citation styles: MLA, Chicago and APA. Depending on the style you want to use, you can apply different formatting rules.

MLA Style: use footnotes or endnotes to cite a PowerPoint presentation.

Chicago style: it is the same as MLA style

APA style: apply in-text citations, this style typically doesn’t use footnotes and endnotes

To cite a PowerPoint by adding footnotes, first add the number of the footnote above the word, or the part of the sentence where the explanation is necessary. Then write the explanation at the bottom of the page. Here’s how to do that:

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  1. Click at the end of the word where you want to cite a PowerPoint slide. Click on the Insert menu and then on Symbol. Move the arrow down to find this symbol  “” and click the Insert button.
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  3. If you have more than one citation, you can easily change the citation number. Just press the Backspace key on the keyboard and type a different number.
  4. In the same Insert menu, find the Header & Footer button. When you click on it, another window will pop up. Tick the Footer box, and then Apply to All. Note, if you click on the Apply button, the footer will show only on the current page.

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What information to include in each style?

MLA style: include your full name (if you are an author of the presentation), the date when the presentation was created as well as the medium that was used, for instance PowerPoint 2016.

Chicago style: the same as MLA style, but you also need to add a website url, if you used the online version of PowerPoint.

APA style: your (or the author’s) surname and the year of publication of that presentation. For instance, “(McDonald, 2017)”. This is particularly used when you want to quote someone.

How do you add references in PowerPoint

It is very easy to create a reference list in PowerPoint. At the end of a presentation, write down the numbers and next to each number write the citation detail. As we explained above, citation details can be presented in different formats, depending on the citation style you use.

The number in the reference list should correspond to the number on the slide, where you inserted this symbol “”.

So next time you make a PowerPoint presentation, don’t forget to bookmark all the resources you used for research. Since you have learned how to cite a PowerPoint presentation, you can add citations and create reference lists to it.