The Law Faculty has its own citation and style guide - consult this guide as it contains how to reference specific legal materials.
The University of the Western Cape defines plagiarism as:
"A means to steal or to pass off as one’s own, the formulation, idea or words of another (i.e. appropriating a formulation, idea or words derived from the intellectual work of another person by incorporating, without crediting such author and source, such formulation, idea or words into one’s own work)".
(Please note: Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: (a) the appropriation of formulations, ideas or words from the work of another person without acknowledging the author(s) and the source; and (b) the appropriation of work from someone else’s assignment, thesis, test or research paper without acknowledging such other person and/ or source.)
Always acknowledge the direct use of someone else’s words
Always acknowledge words you paraphrase from any source
Always acknowledge text you summarize from any source
Always cite the source of any idea which is not your original thought
• If you express the same idea as the source you are using, you need to cite the source fully.
• Even if you use your own words to convey the ideas of another, you will be guilty of plagiarism if you do not cite or reference the original source.
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