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APA Style for Writing: Class Notes, Class Lectures and Presentations

This guide will cover APA format for papers.

Formatting

Note: All citations should be double spaced and have a hanging indent in a Reference List.

A "hanging indent" means that each subsequent line after the first line of your citation should be indented by 0.5 inches.

Tips

In-Text Citation or References List

Handouts distributed in class and presentation slides such as Powerpoint should be cited both in-text and on the References list.

Your own notes from lectures are considered personal communications in APA style. They are cited within the text of your assignment, but do not get an entry on the References list.

Presentation Slides

Instructor's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial if given. (Year Presentation Was Created). Title of presentation: Subtitle if any [PowerPoint presentation]. Retrieved from Blackboard.

Reference List Example

Graham, J. (2013). Introduction: Jean Watson [PowerPoint presentation]. Retrieved from Blacboard.

Note: The first letter of the word Watson is capitalized as it is part of a person's name.

In-Text Paraphrase

(Instructor's Last Name, Year)

Example: (Graham, 2013)

In-Text Quote

(Instuctor's Last Name, Year, slide slide number)

Example (Graham, 2013, slide 6)

Note: APA does not provide specific rules for direct quoting of PowerPoint slides. Mountain View College Library recommends giving the slide number.

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial if given. (Year Presentation Was Created). Title of presentation: Subtitle if any [PowerPoint presentation]. Retrieved from Name of Website if given: URL

Reference List Example

Kunka, J.L. (n.d.). Conquering the comma [PowerPoint presentation]. Retrieved from Purdue University Writing Lab Website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/workshops/pp/index.html#presentations

In-Text Paraphrase

(Author's Last Name, Year)

Example: (Kunka, n.d.)

Note: When no date is given, use the initials "n.d." where you'd normally put the date.

In-Text Quote

(Author's Last Name, Year, slide slide number)

Example: (Kunka, n.d., slide 10)

Note: When no date is given, use the initials "n.d." where you'd normally put the date.

Note: APA does not provide specific rules for direct quoting of PowerPoint slides. Mountain View College Library recommends giving the slide number.

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Class Handout In Print

Instructor's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial if given. (Year Handout Was Created if known). Title of handout: Subtitle if any [Class handout]. City Course is Located in, State Abbreviation: Mountain View College, Course code.

Reference List Example

Wood, D. (2013). Laboratory safety overview [Class handout]. Dallas, TX: Mountain View College, BIO173.

In-Text Paraphrase

(Instructor's Last Name, Year)

Example: (Wood, 2013)

In-Text Quote

(Instructor's Last Name, Year, p. Page Number)

Example: (Wood, 2013, p. 1)

Class Lectures (Notes From)

Note: Your own notes from a lecture are considered personal communications in APA style. They are cited within the text of your assignment, but do not get an entry on the References list. Put the citation right after a quote or paraphrased content from the class lecture.

(First Initial of Faculty Who Gave Lecture. Second Initial if known. Last Name, personal communication, Month Day, Year lecture took place)

Example

"Infections are often contracted while patients are recovering in the hospital" (J. D. Black, personal communication, May 30, 2012)

Example

Note: If the name of the person who was interviewed is mentioned in the sentence leading into the quote or paraphrased content, you do not need to repeat it in the in-text citation.

J.D. Black explained that "infections are often contracted while patients are recovering in the hospital" (personal communication, May 30, 2012).

Course Packs

Author of chapter/article’s Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial if Given. (Year of Publication of Course Pack). Title of chapter or article from course pack. In First Initial. Last Name of Instructor Who Created Course Pack if Listed (Comp.),Title of coursepack often starts with the course code (pp. first page of reading-last page of reading). Toronto, ON: Seneca College.

Note: Comp. stands for "Compiler". For course packs made by Seneca, we recommend using Toronto, ON as the place of publication.

Reference List Example

Morris, M. (2014). The lifeguard. In T. Hay (Comp.), SES 225: Stories of youth (pp.125-132). Toronto, ON: Seneca College.

In-Text Paraphrase

(Author of chapter/article's Last Name, Year) See chart here for in-text rules for 2 or more authors.

Example: (Morris, 2014)

In-Text Quote

(Author of chapter/article's, Year, p. Page Number) See chart here for in-text rules for 2 or more authors.

Example: (Morris, 2014, p. 125)

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