This guide is intended to inform law students about what plagiarism is and how to avoid committing plagiarism. A student's academic integrity is contingent on presenting their own work in the classroom. A violation of the honor code can jeopardize graduation and possibly admittance to the bar. Stealing someone else's ideas or course work is an offense which endangers the integrity of the legal profession.
The Honor Code of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law defines plagiarism as the following:
"Plagiarism is representing the words or ideas of another as one's own. Quoting or paraphrasing another's writing without acknowledging the author's identity is a form of plagiarism. Ignorance, as to the meaning of plagiarism, is not a defense."
Honor Code 3 (c)
College of Law Honor Code
ASU Academic Integrity Resource Guide
This online guide includes information on plagiarism. There are links to podcasts about plagiarism created by librarians of the ASU library system. Users can access academic policies of ASU and individual colleges. Numerous articles, books, DVDs and videos are cited.
Anderson, Judy. Plagiarism, Copyright Violation, and Other Thefts of Intellectual Property: An Annotated Bibliography with a Lengthy Introduction
Law Reference, Z551 .A68 1998
Mawdsley, Ralph D. Academic Misconduct: Cheating and Plagiarism
Law Treatises, LB3609 .M39 1994
Posner, Richard A. The Little Book of Plagiarism
Law Treatises, K1485 .P67 2007
Tiersma, Peter M. and Solan, Lawrence M. The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law.
Law Reference, K213 .O94 2012
Volokh, Eugene. Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers and Getting on Law Review
Law Study Skills Collection, KF250 .V65 2005
Plagiarism - Keeping out of Trouble
This online lesson explains what plagiarism is, how to recognize it and how to avoid it. An essential lesson for all law students.
Citation Form for Briefs and Legal Memoranda
This lesson teaches students how to properly cite authorities in briefs and memoranda.
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