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Writing Resources for Law Students: Plagiarism

General and legal dictionaries and grammar, composition, and style guides.

Writing Resources

Plagiarism can have serious consequences that can affect your academic career.  This page provides resources that will help you steer clear of plagiarism in your own writing and also help you to understand your own intellectual property rights as a student.

Searching the CLICnet catalog by the following subject keywords or subject headings
will help you find relevant grammar, composition, and style materials:

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  • Plagiarism.
  • Intellectual property.
  • Learning and scholarship -- Moral and ethical aspects.


Use CLICsearch to find books, e-books, DVDs & videos, etc

CLICsearch is the library catalog of six private colleges and universities in the Twin Cities, including Saint Thomas. Books from other campuses can be requested online and delivered to the St. Thomas library of your choice.

Web Resources

Law School Plagiarism v. Proper Attribution
This publication from the Legal Writing Institute discusses, with examples, plagiarism and how and when to properly cite an author.

ALWD/BB Rules to Avoid Faulty Attribution
The Legal Writing Institute has also produced this guide on using ALWD/Bluebook rules to avoid faulty attribution.

The Writer's Handbook: Avoiding Plagiarism
From the University of Wisconsin Madison, this publication covers plagiarism and how to properly quote and paraphrase.

Safe Practices
Purdue's Online Writing Lab has created a guide of best practices for avoiding plagiarism.

Plagiarism - Books


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CLIC Plaigiarism tutorial

Concerned about Plagiarism? You should be! View this multi-media tutorial for more information.

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Plagiarism - Journal Articles

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Robert D. Bills, Plagiarism in Law School: Close Resemblance of the Worst Kind, 31 Santa Clara L. Rev., 103-133 (1990).

Justin Carter & Lillian Corbin, Is Plagiarism Indicative of Prospective Legal Practice?, 17 Legal Educ. Rev., 53-66 (2007).

Catherine L. Fisk, Credit Where It's Due: The Law and Norms of Attribution, 95 Geo. L.J., 49-117 (2006).

Kristin Gerdy, Law Student Plagiarism: Why It Happens, Where It's Found, and How to Find It, 431 BYU Educ. & L.J., 431-440 (2004).

Deborah Gerhardt, Plagiarism in Cyberspace: Learning the Rules of Recycling Content with a View towards Nurturing Academic Trust in an Electronic World, 12 Rich. J.L. & Tech., 1-29 (2006). 

David Glenn, The Price of Plagiarism, 51 Chron. Higher Educ., A.17 (2004).

Stuart P. Green, Plagiarism, Norms, and the Limits of Theft Law: Some Observations on the Use of Criminal Sanctions in Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights, 54 Hastings L.J., 167-242 (2002).

Naveed Imran, Electronic Media, Creativity, and Plagiarism, 40 SIGCAS Comp. & Soc’y, 25-44 (2010).

Anita Jowitt, The Impact of Plagiarism on Admission to the Bar: Re Liveri [2006] QCA 152, 11 J. S. Pac. L., 213-217 (2007).

Pamela Samuelson, Good Legal Writing: Of Orwell and Window Panes, 46 U. Pitt. L. Rev., 150 (1984).