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How do I cite my sources in a PowerPoint presentation?

Updated: Jan 26

The author Nensi Klasan of the article:" How do I cite my sources in a PowerPoint presentation?"

Author: Nensi Klasan

Publication date: 17.11.2023

give credit to the sources

When writing about different topics, it is always important to show where your inspiration came from. In this way, you give credit to the sources and show your readers that you invested time and effort in the topic you are writing about.

It’s also a way of maintaining integrity in academic circles. If you don’t give credit to others, it shows a lot about your personality and gives the impression of a lack of academic integrity. Besides gaining a bad reputation, it is also an act of plagiarism.

Plagiarism can have serious consequences both in professional and ethical ways. Therefore, having well described and detailed citations will help not just others but also you in keeping track of sources and information for future research.

“Proper citation is a gift to your future research self.”

Citation styles

Before adding citations to your PowerPoint presentation, you can choose between various citation styles that are in use. The most popular styles are APA, MLA and Chicago.

Decisions on what style to use usually depend on the type of article that you are working on, or the requirements of your institution or organization. These citation styles all have similar requirements. Yet it is important when you choose one style, to remain consistent with that citation style through the whole work.

How to insert In-Text citations in PowerPoint?

In-Text citations are essential when you quote, paraphrase, or summarize someone else's work within your presentation.

To cite in

APA style: use the author’s last name and after that publication year (Smith, 2022),

MLA style: use the author’s last name and the page number (Smith, 32),

Chicago style: requires using footnotes and endnotes to cite sources with full bibliographical information: (Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations (Ware, England: Wordsworth, 2012).

Reference List

Except In-Text citations it is necessary to create a Reference List at the end of a PowerPoint presentation. A reference list consists of all sources used in a presentation. What’s more, it should always be arranged in alphabetical order. Last, the reference list should include all the sources that were cited, as well as the images or graphics from a source.

Cite Images and Visuals

If you are planning to use images or other visuals in your presentation that are not your original work, you must also provide proper attribution. Include the source information in the figure's captions or on a separate slide at the end of your presentation.

Online Sources and URLs

When citing online sources in your PowerPoint presentation, include the URL. Ensure the URL is clickable by using hyperlink functions. Keep note of avoiding long URLs. They can be shortened by using URL shortening services for a nicer, cleaner look.

Online Tools for citation

There are many online ways to help you with citing or if you are just having trouble with formatting citations. They are called online tools, like Citation Machine, or QuillBot. This online tool offers you specific templates for all kinds of sources like books, websites and journals.

Ways to cite your sources in PowerPoint

The citation in PowerPoint presentation

The citation in PowerPoint presentation is important and should be included at the same level as it would be in a word or a written paper. All citations should consist of the author’s name, title of the source, publication date and link of the source if it is an online source.

In fact, citations are essential for maintaining integrity in your academic circles, demonstrating your credibility and helping you with further research. If you follow the rules that are consistent with your citation styles, you can create a very professional and trustworthy presentation.


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