We said we would come to referencing and you have probably understood from the earlier chapters one of the reasons that it is necessary: to provide the source of your authority so that your tutors will know that you have researched your topic and understand how authority works to provide the underpinning needed for an academic piece of work. There is a second reason which you might not have thought of: that is, the avoidance of plagiarism. Plagiarism is passing off someone else’s work as your own and is serious in any academic field but particularly so in law.
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