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Legal Skills (9th edn)

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski
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date: 30 May 2024

p. 29213. Referencing and avoiding plagiarismlocked

p. 29213. Referencing and avoiding plagiarismlocked

  • Emily Finch
  •  and Stefan Fafinski


This chapter focuses on referencing and avoiding plagiarism. These skills are of critical importance to law students since their academic work will inevitably require them to read, critically consider, and evaluate the work of others. However, they must ensure that they carefully and meticulously distinguish their own work, ideas, and arguments from those of the authors or judges encountered during their research. This is done by providing thorough references to the sources used in their work; failure to do so may lead to accusations of plagiarism. The chapter first explains the meaning of plagiarism in more detail and then discusses OSCOLA, the most frequently encountered referencing system in academic law.

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