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Answered By: Bonnie Groshong
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2014     Views: 1419

MLA does not specifically explain citations for PowerPoints, but treat is as a digital file...like so...

Last name, First name. "Name of PowerPoint." Date. Microsoft PowerPoint file.

Example: Rogers, Adam. "Health of the Planet." 2014.  Microsoft PowerPoint file.

Digital Files (PDFs, MP3s, JPEGs)...as stated in Purdue OWL for MLA

Determine the type of work to cite (e.g., article, image, sound recording) and cite appropriately. End the entry with the name of the digital format (e.g., PDF, JPEG file,Microsoft Word file, MP3). If the work does not follow traditional parameters for citation, give the author’s name, the name of the work, the date of creation, and the medium of publication. Use Digital file when the medium cannot be determined.

Beethoven, Ludwig van. Moonlight Sonata. Crownstar, 2006. MP3.

Smith, George. “Pax Americana: Strife in a Time of Peace.” 2005. Microsoft Word file.

Council of Writing Program Administrators, National Council of Teachers of English, and National Writing Project. Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing. CWPA, NCTE, and NWP, 2011. PDF file.

Bentley, Phyllis. “Yorkshire and the Novelist.” The Kenyon Review 30.4 (1968): 509-22. JSTOR. PDF file.

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