Answered By: Theresa Bell
Last Updated: May 21, 2020     Views: 124899

APA 6th Edition

If the PowerPoint is available to people via an open website or by other public means, please use the usual APA rules to cite the resource. For example,

Lastname, A. (year, Month day). Title of presentation [PowerPoint presentation]. Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxx

  • In-text citation: (Lastname, year, p. X)

If the PowerPoint is only available to people who attended the presentation or via password-protected access (such as a RRU Moodle course site), please consider the presentation to be personal communication and cite it using the name of the person or organization who provided the PowerPoint.

(A. Lastname, personal communication, Month day, year)

(Organizational name, personal communication, Month day, year)

Personal communication is only cited in-text and isn't included in the references because the material isn't recoverable. See "How Do I Cite or Reference Personal Communication in APA Style?" for more information.

If you're citing secondary information retrieved from the PowerPoint - that is, your instructor referenced someone else in the PowerPoint, and you're citing that secondary author - it's always best to check with the presenter to see where he/she got that information and cite the original, or failing that, see if a librarian can help you find the resource so that you're working with a primary source. Please contact the RRU librarians for assistance. 

APA 7th Edition

If the PowerPoint is available online to your intended audience, use the following formatting:

Lastname, A. (year). Title of presentation [PowerPoint slides]. Website Name. https://www.xxxxxx

  • In-text citation: (Author, year, slide 4)
  • "If the slides come from a classroom website, learning management system [e.g., Moodle], or company intranet and you are writing for an audience with access to that resource, provide the name of the site and its URL (use the login page URL for sites requiring login)" (American Psychological Association, 2020, p. 347).

If the PowerPoint is only available to people who attended the presentation or via password-protected access that your audience doesn't have, treat the PowerPoint slides as a personal communication and cite it using the name of the person or organization who provided the PowerPoint.

(A. Lastname, personal communication, Month day, year)

(Organizational name, personal communication, Month day, year)

Personal communication is only cited in-text and isn't included in the references because the material isn't recoverable. See How Do I Cite or Reference Personal Communication in APA Style? for more information.

If you're citing secondary information retrieved from the PowerPoint - that is, your instructor referenced someone else in the PowerPoint, and you're citing that secondary author - it's always best to check with the presenter to see where he/she got that information and cite the original resource. If you're a RRU student and you need help with finding the resource so you're working with a primary source, please contact the RRU librarians for assistance. 

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000