How To Cite a Webinar APA, Referencing Guide

The How to Cite a Webinar APA Style – this post will provide you with the necessary information to cite your webinar in an APA format.

Webinars are very popular lately and so are webinar platforms, no wonder since webinar statistics are through the roof! So it is just a matter of time when one of those webinars would be a perfect source for your research and diploma work.

In this post, I will explain how to cite webinar APA and make sure that your work is supported by references, text citation, reference list, and examples.

What is an APA style citation?

APA stands for American Psychological Association. It is a style of citation and referencing which has been accepted as the gold standard in academic writing for over 75 years, especially within social sciences such as psychology.

An APA citation is a shortened version of the full reference information for an academic or published source. This format includes the author name, publication year, document title (italicized), and pagination in parentheses.

Examples: Smith (2016) How to Cite a Webinar – Google Docs; Woolfitt-Johnson et

How to cite a webinar APA citation style?

If you need to create a webinar American Psychological Association style citation you will need to include similar information as with the usual APA citation.

An APA webinar citation is like a regular APA citation, but the only difference may be that there are no page numbers in parentheses since you may not be able to cite specific pages or slides for an online presentation because they change or are hard to cite when the information was told verbally.

Otherwise, the webinar citation is very similar. When you will be creating a reference style citation of the webinar this is the information you should include from the video:

  • Author’s first initial, last name or the authoring organization which was hosting the webinar
  • Put the word producer in parentheses after the author
  • The date of the webinar;
  • A title, or a name of the webinar in italics;
  • Page numbers are not included because you cannot cite specific pages or slides from an online presentation that change every time it is viewed;
  • Date of Publication or when it was last updated;
  • Name of the webinar in italics;
  • In brackets, put the description of the media (so webinar, or video);
  • Where can the recording be accessed, or so-called retrieval information

Example of webinar APA citation:, (Producer). (2021). How to cite a webinar [Video].

How to cite a PowerPoint presentation APA style?

Alternatively, you may want to cite just a PowerPoint presentation and not a whole webinar. This is how you would do that:

  • Author’s first initial, last name, or the authoring organization;
  • The date of the publication or date when it was last updated;
  • A title, or a name of the presentation (slides) in italics;
  • In brackets, put the description of the media (presentation)
  • Where can the presentation be accessed

After that you can add some additional resources or information that you have.

Example of PowerPoint APA citation:, (2021). How to cite a webinar [Powerpoint slides].

When should you use a Webinar APA Citation

Now we know how to cite a webinar in APA style, but when should you do it?

There are a few scenarios in which you would want to cite your webinar. One is if it’s for educational purposes and you’re citing the presenter as an expert on the subject.

The other scenario where you may need to do this is when referencing someone else talking about something that was discussed at your webinar.

As a rule of thumb, if you include any idea that is not a result of your intellectual work but is taken from another source – you should cite it.

Why is it important to cite your sources?

It is quite a hassle to cite each webinar and online PowerPoint presentation that you see. So why should you do it?

Just as you would ask the company who makes your shirt “who designed this?”, you should do the same with anything that is a product of someone else’s intellectual work.

It increases accountability and transparency so people can know how to give credit. By citing, it allows others to find out where an idea came from and whether or not they consider the source to be credible

What are the consequences if you don’t cite?

Citing makes sure that the work you’re doing is your own. If you take an idea from someone else and pass it off as your own, even if no one catches the mistake or knows who did what, the fact that you didn’t cite means a lack of credit for the original author and lack of integrity on your side.

In the news, you have many cases of high-profile people being caught plagiarizing and sometimes even being fired.

Citation and referencing tips

Below are a couple of tips that will help you when citing a webinar but also when citing other sources.

When in doubt, use more information. If your source is video or audio-based and you have a screenshot from it, this can be enough to provide the citation for what was seen on screen but not heard.  If no screenshot is available then list the date of recording (DD/MM/YY HH:mm) followed by the title.

Authors’ citation should be listed in the following format – Author’s Last Name, First Initial.

Publication information for video and audio based sources should be listed as follows: Publication info (publisher or company), Year of publication, How to cite a webinar APA (for example DVD release)

Webinar date should be cited as the date of the event, and time should be cited as hour followed by minutes. Fisherman, D., & Smith-Williams, M. How to cite a webinar APA (presentation on July 12th, 2021 at 14 hours).


I hope this post has provided you with the necessary information to cite your webinar in an APA format and all the year month day title structures that you need to do that.

While citations may seem like a lot of work, proper use of references is very important as it supports your research and makes sure that you credit all the right sources and webinars.

Credibility and integrity play a huge role in your work as a scholar or researcher, even one small lie or pretending that an idea of somebody else is yours, can ruin the whole study.

In this post, we went deep on APA webinar citing, if there will be interest I can also prepare an MLA webinar citations guide.


  • Vlad Falin

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