How to Add Works Cited Into PowerPoint

By Kathryn Hatashita-Lee

Microsoft Word 2010 allows you to compile a Works Cited page with a form. You can then transfer the list to a PowerPoint 2010 slide. Ask your publisher or instructor for the citation style needed for your industry and presentation. For example, the American Psychological Association or the Chicago Fifteenth Edition. PowerPoint’s ribbon commands help you fine-tune the text for the right format and readability.

Compile Works Cited in Word

Open a new Word document and click the “References” tab on the ribbon.

Click the “Style” arrow in the Citations & Bibliography group to open the list and click your selection. Examples include "Chicago Fifteenth Edition" and "MLA Seventh Edition."

Click the “Insert Citation” button and select “Add New Source” to open the form on the dialog box.

Click to select the item in the Type of Source drop-down list. For example, click “Interview.” Enter the data on the form and click “OK” to close the dialog box.

Click in the Word document where you want to insert the bibliography. Click the “Bibliography” button in the Citations & Bibliography group and then click “Insert Bibliography.”

To add more sources, repeat Steps 3 through 5.

When you’re done adding sources, click and drag to select the bibliography and then press “Ctrl-C” to copy this text.

Insert Works Cited in PowerPoint

Open your PowerPoint presentation, click the “Home” tab and select “Title and Content” from the New Slide drop-down list.

Type a title for the slide (such as “Bibliography”) in the slide’s title box.

In the slide’s text box, press “Ctrl-V” to paste the Word text into the slide. If the bibliography displays as a bulleted list, right-click the text, mouse over “Bullets” and click “None” to remove the bullets.

In the left pane, click and drag the slide to the position where you want it to appear within the presentation.

Save your presentation.


If your PowerPoint command ribbon is not displayed, click the “Normal” button on the status bar.

Word creates a Works Cited list with a blue title in a large font, which may be contrary to the style needed.


Information in this article applies to PowerPoint 2010 and Word 2010. The steps may vary from other versions of these products.