The Moritz Law Library offers resources on identifying and avoiding plagiarism in the guide to Legal Writing and Research Success. Here are a few tips:
- Keep track of your research. Use a research log to note useful resources, identify proper citations for each source, and trace your process.
- Put quotation marks around quoted language as you work. It is too easy to copy and paste and forget to cite later.
- Do not worry about overciting. In both practical and academic legal writing, because all nonoriginal content must be credited, you will see more citation than often appears in the work of other disciplines.
- If you need to review Bluebook basics, take a look at Peter W. Martin’s free ebook, Introduction to Basic Legal Citation.