Q. How do I cite a presentation/powerpoint or notes from class?


APA recommends citing PowerPoint slides from class as follows:


Last name, first initials of professor. (year of PowerPoint). Title of PowerPoint presentation [PowerPoint slides]. 


Any notes that you take are cited as a personal communication and would not appear in the reference list.  The in-text citation for them would look like this:

(Your first initial Your Last Name, personal communication, date of notes)


(J. Smith, personal communication, September 10, 2020)


MLA recommends citing lecture notes as personal communications. Here is an example:


Author Surname, First Name. "Lecture or Presentation Title." Other information like class information. URL.  Access date is optional.


Author Last Name, First Name. "PowerPoint title." Creation Date, Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.


Chicago recommends citing a presentation as follows:


N    1. First Name Last Name, “Title of Lecture” (medium, sponsorship, location, date).


B    Last Name, First Name. “Title of Lecture.” Medium at sponsorship, location, date.


If you don’t have a title for the presentation, you can leave it out. You can also include a URL if it’s an online presentation or powerpoint.


Your class notes should be cited as a personal communication and only appear in the footnote and not in the bibliography


N    Professor’s First Name Professor’s Last Name, “Class Notes for Course Number: Course Name,” Date 

of Class


CSE Name-Year


Professor’s Last Name Professor’s first initial(s). Year of lecture. Course Number: Name of 

lesson/presentation. Poughkeepsie (NY): Marist College.


If you need further help, contact a librarian.


  • Last Updated Oct 01, 2020
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