Note: APA does not have specific rules about the format of PowerPoint slides. Rasmussen University does have recommended guidelines outlined below and in the attached PPT presentation.
PowerPoint slides may need citations, depending on what type of information is included on the slide.
If the text on a slide is a quote (someone else's words, verbatim) or someone else's ideas in the presenter's own words, then a citation is needed.
If the text placed on a slide is simply a word or phrase that represents a topic that the presenter will be discussing in greater detail, then a citation is not needed.
The table below includes two PowerPoint slides (left side). The column on the right tells whether or not the information would need to be cited and why.
Speaker Notes: Some assignments require text in the Speaker Notes area of the PowerPoint slide. If information from a source is quoted, summarized, or paraphrased in that area, an in-text citation and reference will likely be required. Ask your instructor for clarification.
There are two ways to include the Reference list in your presentation:
Creating the Reference List Slide
See the slide deck below for more information.