"As a Mississippi State University student, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do."
The MSU Honor Code is a critical component in the scholarly community at Mississippi State, and is necessary to build an honest and ethical learning environment.
The Student Honor Code Office provides assistance pertaining to academic integrity cases and resources for students who want to do honest work.
The most common citation styles are APA, MLA and Chicago. MSU has print and online citation guides to help you cite sources in your papers and build your bibliographies, or use our Ask-a-Librarian service for citation assistance.
How Can I Avoid Plagiarism Using Citations?
The MSU Student Honor Code Operational Procedures defines "Plagiarism" as "The appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit... 1) Intentionally, knowingly, or carelessly presenting the work of another as one's own (i.e., without proper credit); 2) Failing to credit sources used in a work product in an attempt to pass off the work as one's own; 3) Attempting to receive credit for work performed by another, including papers obtained in whole or in part from individuals or other sources; 4) The internet, data bases and other electronic resources must be cited if they are utilized in any way as resource material in an academic exercise." (http://honorcode.msstate.edu/policy/)
Plagiarism often occurs when a student fails to cite a source or fails to cite it correctly. A good rule of thumb is to cite:
Credit for the steps below go to the University of Southern Mississippi's Speaking Center for their guide to "Citing Sources in a Speech." For the full guide: https://www.usm.edu/speaking-center/citingsourcesinaspeech.pdf
The key to a successful presentation is having support material for your points—in other words, knowing your stuff. It is essential to let your audience know exactly where you got your information. You do not have to include entire references in your oral presentations, but you must refer to your sources while speaking.
How to Incorrectly and Correctly Cite Common Sources:
Direct Quotations: These should be acknowledged in your speech or presentation either as “And I quote…” or “As [source] recommends…”
Book: include title and author
Periodical (magazine): include title and date
Academic Journal: include journal title, date, and author
Web site (organization site or other longstanding site): include title
Website (news/magazine): include title and date
Interviews, lecture notes, or personal communication: include name and credentials of source
(Southern Miss Speaking Center, 2020)
University of Southern Mississippi. "Citing Sources in a Speech." Southern Miss Speaking Center, 2020, https://www.usm.edu/speaking-center/citingsourcesinaspeech.pdf.
Many of the online resources on the library website will provide computer-generated citations in different styles for you to use in a works cited page or bibliography. WARNING: be sure to double-check these citations for errors and correct as needed before turning your paper in!
In the MSU Online Catalog: