Hamline University School of Law Policies Regarding Plagiarism
The HUSL Legal Research and Writing Student Manual defines plagiarism as "the representation of the work of another person as one's own". This definition applies any time a writer uses the words or ideas of another without giving proper credit to the original author, even if the plagiarism is unintentional. Because plagiarism raises serious ethical concerns, it is treated very seriously and may subject a student to discipline under the general HUSL Code of Conduct or the LRW Code of Conduct (found in the Student Manual Appendix).
The LRW Code of Conduct contains more information about plagiarism, including examples of proper and improper uses of the work of others, and your instructor will be happy to help you recognize when citation to the sources of words or ideas is appropriate. Additionally, the following links may help you understand and avoid plagiarism.
Plagiarism Resources from the Legal Writing Institute - including simple rules for when to cite and an exercise in recognizing plagiarism
Plagiarism.org - a site with lots of information and articles about plagiarism
Avoiding Plagiarism from the OWL at Purdue
Plagiarism pamphlet from Indiana University
If you know when to cite, but are having trouble with citation format, these links may help.
Introduction to Basic Legal Citation from Cornell University Law School
The Bluebook Guide from Georgetown University Law Center
Bluebooking Guide from New England Law - Boston
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