Useful Tips How to Cite a Presentation

Citing a PowerPoint poster presentation is effortless. This can be done in many ways depending on the style you are required to perform the same. You, therefore, need to know beforehand the citation style you should be using. We have three common citation styles that are usually used, which are AMA, APA, and MLA. Each of these styles has different specifications and formatting rules for the presentations.

How to cite a conference presentation – a short explanation

Usually, conference presentations are unpublished. Like any other ordinary conference proceedings, the purpose of quoting a conference paper is to ensure that we document the name of the conference and also add any information about a specific article or presentation being cited. Apart from that, the information about the conference should also be included such as the name of the conference, the date, and location if it has not been mentioned in the name of the proceedings. Any publication information will not be included in such a citation because in most cases a conference paper is unpublished; however, information such as the type of document and the year it was published is essential. Besides, since the text doesn’t have any publisher, it is crucial also to include information on where the document can be found. Just like any other citation in work cited, it is important to dig for as much information about the conference presentation as possible.

To cite a poster presentation, please follow these tips:


Last name, first name. Title of an unpublished conference paper. Title of conference, Location, Date of the conference. Unpublished conference paper. The Institution holding the document, Location of the institution, year of access. Print.


Jason, Brown. Effects of Global Warming. Global Environmental Summit, May 2008, Zurich, Switzerland. Unpublished conference paper. Northwestern University Library, Evanston, 2008. Print.

How to cite a presentation in APA Style

  • In-text citations

This follows the general APA guideline. In case you have directly quoted or made a paraphrase of a part of a PowerPoint presentation you need to include its in-text citation. You need to add the presenter or author’s name then the year it was published separated with a comma, and all should be inside the brackets.

Ideally, APA citation style does not incorporate the use of footnotes or endnotes.

For example: (Brown, 2017).

  • Reference List

You should add a reference list at the end of the paper. The reference list is made up of all the sources from the in-text citations. If an in-text citation is repeated in the presentation, it should just be listed once in the reference list.

How to compile a reference list

a)    The author’s or presenter’s name should be written starting with the surname then the initial of the first name separated by a comma then end with a period. If there is another name, write the first initial of the second name after the first. For example, “Brown, PK.”

b)    This should be followed by year it was presented or published online. The year should be written in round brackets. If you are not sure of the year, then ignore it and replace with the date you accessed the presentation online. For example, “Brown PK. (2017)”

c)    State the presentation title. This should be done in italics. After which the format of the presentation should be written in square brackets.

Points to note:

If the presentation was accessed online, then the format should be written as [PowerPoint Slides]

If you have the hardcopy of the presentation, then the format should be [Lecture]

For example:

Brown, PK. (2017) Effects of Global Warming [PowerPoint slides]

d)    If you accessed the presentation online, you should include the phrase Retrieved from before adding the website.

For example:


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Brown, PK. (2017) Effects of Global Warming [PowerPoint slides] Retrieved From

How to Cite a Poster Presentation in AMA

A poster presentation falls under the category of unpublished material because they might have been presented at a conference but not published.

In AMA they can be cited in the following form:

Name(s) of the presenter(s). Title of the presentation. Paper Presented at:

For example:

Jason, Brown.” Effects of Global Warming.” Paper Presented at Global Environmental Summit,

Zurich, Switzerland.

How to Cite a Presentation in MLA

  • Use footnotes and endnotes

MLA citation style allows the use of either footnotes or endnotes to refer to any sources cited in a paper. For a footnote, you should ensure that you mark the exact point where you want to add the same with a superscript then transfer the full citation at the bottom of that page. If you are using the endnotes, move the full citation at the end of the paper under the work cited. They should follow the alphabetical order.

  • Writing the name of the author or presenter

If you want to quote a PowerPoint presentation that you received from a lecture, begin with citing the name of the presenter. Start with the last name followed by the first separated by a comma. The same should also be done in case the PowerPoint presentation was accessed online.

For example: “Jason, Brown.”

  • Add information about the lecture or conference

If the PowerPoint presentation that you want to cite a poster presentation was from a lecture or a conference makes sure you add information about the conference or the event. This includes the name of the name of the conference, the venue, the location and the date. Also, add the type of lecture.

For example:

Jason, Brown.” Effects of Global Warming.” Global Environmental Summit, Zurich,

Switzerland. Nov. 23, 2008. Keynote address.

  • Include the digital medium used

If the PowerPoint that you want to cite was obtained online, then you need to add the date that the presentation was created in the place of the information on the lecture or conference. This should come after the name of the author and the title. You should also include the type of digital medium of the item instead of the type of lecture.

Point to note:

The date should not be written in full; somewhat the month should be abbreviated with its first three letters.

For example:

Jason, Brown.” Effects of Global Warming.” Dec. 2017. PowerPoint presentation