Peirce College Library :: MLA in PowerPoint Presentations


Although the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition provides no instructions on how to use MLA in PowerPoint presentations, the Peirce College Library recommends that you follow many of the same conventions you would use if you were writing a research paper.

Sample MLA PowerPoint (ppt)

Title Slide: As with the first page of a research paper, the first slide of your presentation should contain your name, the course name, your instructor's name, and the date in the upper left corner. Place the title of your presentation in the center of the slide:

PowerPoint Title Slide

In-text Citations: Just as you would with a research paper, you must include in-text citations in your presentation every time you quote, summarize, or paraphrase a resource. Please review the MLA In-Text Citation Format Guide if you are unsure on how to construct them.

Figures & Tables: The same conventions for citing figures and tables in research papers must be followed in your PowerPoint presentation. Figures and tables should be numbered, titled, and include the full citation as it would appear on a list of Works Cited. Once you have included this information beneath your table or figure, you do not need to repeat it on the list of Works Cited.

MLA PowerPoint Citing a Figure

MLA PowerPoint Citing a Table

Works Cited: Reserve your final slide for your list of Works Cited. Just as if you were writing a research paper, the list needs to be alphabetized, and contain the full citation for the resources you referenced with your in-text citations. Due to space considerations, you will not be able to use double-spacing within and between your citations; however, you still need to use hanging indents!

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