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CMC 201 : Public Speaking

Citing Your Sources in APA

Citing in a Speech

Knowing how and when to cite is tricky, but the rules for a speech are very similar to the rules for a paper. 

If you have a slideshow or other accompanying visual, remember to include at least a works cited list at the end.  If you are using pictures, those should be given some kind of attribution, too.  Typically, a website url at the bottom of the photo will do.  Ask your instructor if you aren't sure. 

  • Mention your source in your speech whenever you:
  • Use direct quotations Paraphrase (put someone else's ideas into your own words)
  • Use an idea that someone else gave you in a conversation, email, class, etc.
  • Describe an idea that influenced your work
  • Want to use an expert opinion or lend authority to your own opinion
  • Give any information that isn't common knowledge
  • Use any or all of a previously created work of your own design (yes: self-plagiarism is a real thing)

How to Cite in APA Style

This is not the current edition of APA but is here for individuals who may need to reference the previous version.

Last Updated: Oct 2, 2020 2:31 PM

Avoiding Plagiarism Video

Remember, you can be charged with plagiarism if you:

  • Copy, quote, paraphrase or summarize any source without adequate documentation.
  • Purchase a paper by mail or email.
  • Allow another person to write a paper for you.
  • Submit another person's unpublished work in your name.

from Duke University's Avoiding Plagiarism webpage

APA at Brockport Guide