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APA Citation Style, 7th Edition: Canvas Posts & Class Discussion Boards

Citing Canvas Posts & Class Discussion Boards in APA Format

How to Create an APA 7th edition reference for a Canvas posts, Class Discussion Boards, & Other Learning Management System Resources
Author Date Title (SOURCE) University that sponsors class (SOURCE) MAIN URL of University Learning Management System
Author, A.  (2020, June 19).  Title of Canvas post, discussion board, or learning management system resource [Discussion board post, Canvas post, Class powerpoint, Class PDF, etc.]. University that Sponsors Class. (example)

Students often need to cite resources from their online class management system, usually from discussion board posts, main class postings, Powerpoint slides, or PDF's that have been shared on the class website. Notice in the title you will need to add [square brackets] stating what the resource is. In the Source information, instead of a publisher you list the University that sponsors the course. Finally in the website area, instead of adding the exact website of the post (which requires a log in from your university to view), you add the learning management system main log in page from your University, for example at East Carolina University: 

Class Discussion Board Post


Anderson, H. (2019, June 17). Nutritional plans for the management of celiac disease [Discussion board post]. East Carolina University.

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Anderson, 2019). 

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote): 

(Anderson, 2019, para. 3).


Powerpoint from a Learning Management System (ie... Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, etc..)


Ebron, T. (2020, April 15). Grace under pressure: The African-American male perspective [Powerpoint slides]. NC State University.

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Ebron, 2020). 

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Ebron, 2020, slide 7). 


Video from a Learning Management System (ie... Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, etc...)


Haberstroh, A. (2019, March 23). Understanding clinical practice guidelines in nursing practice [Video]. East Carolina University.

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Haberstroh, 2019). 

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote): 

(Haberstroh, 2019, 5:30). 


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Citation information has been adapted from the APA Manual (7th Edition). Please refer to page 347 (under Powerpoint Slides or lecture notes) of the APA Manual (7th Edition) for more information.

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