How to Cite a Presentation in APA Format

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If your paper or essay is citing information or material from a presentation, you should first confirm whether you have access to the presentation materials. American Psychological Association, or APA, style uses different citation formats for accessible presentation notes or slides and a poster or paper presentation in conference format.

Retrievable Information

If you have access to official notes or information that accompanies a presentation or lecture, you can cite those notes in your reference list. The format for this type of citation is:

Presentation Author Lastname, First Initial(s). (Presentation Year). Presentation title: Subtitle if applicable [Format]. Retrieved from URL.

For example:

Bennet, C. (2000). Buddhism: After Siddhartha [Lecture notes]. Retrieved from

Presented Material

If you do not have access to an official piece of information that accompanies a presentation, reference it instead as a proceeding at a conference. This format is used:

Presentation Author Lastname, First Initial(s). (Year). Title of presentation: Subtitle if necessary. Presentation type presented at the meeting of Organization, Presentation Location.

For example:

Bonuel, C. (2015). Theories of a person: People two? Paper presented at the meeting of Fourth Wave Academics, Philadelphia, PA.

In-Text Citation

When referencing information in a presentation in the body of your text, use an in-text citation. This is a parenthetical that includes the author's last name and the presentation year. For example:

(Bennet, 2000) (Bonuel, 2015)


About the Author

Jon Zamboni began writing professionally in 2010. He has previously written for The Spiritual Herald, an urban health care and religious issues newspaper based in New York City, and online music magazine eBurban. Zamboni has a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Wesleyan University.

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