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Psychology Assignments (Bradley): APA in Presentations

Spring 2020 | PSYC 2301 | Professor Bradley

APA and PowerPoint

There's nothing particularly special about an APA presentation: unlike essays, there's no special way to structure your PowerPoint. The main thing is to follow APA format for your citations.
  • You need a References slide at the end of your presentation (or multiple slides, if you have many sources).
  • Individual slides all need APA style in-text citations where appropriate (i.e. anywhere you've used information not original to you).
  • Best practices for PowerPoint and other presentations still apply: this is not a paper pasted into a slideshow. You should still make use of short, concise bullet points and images or other graphics to develop an engaging presentation.

APA Formatting for PowerPoint

Rule # 1

Treat the presentation as a research paper. Citations for content used in a presentation may include

  • quotations
  • paraphrases of words or ideas
  • images
  • data: tables, charts, graphs, etc.

Suggestion # 1

Prepare the References slide first. Every APA citation that appears in the presentation (as an in-text citation) must be listed in alphabetical order on this final slide. To save space, do not double space or indent your references slide. 

  • Further explanation appears in the video tutorial below. (David Taylor, 2017)