Use of Academic Materials

Students are free to use these internet materials for study purposes (i.e. subject to compliance with the rule concerning plagiarism). Visit for fuller information.

Q: What is plagiarism? Plagiarism occurs when you copy someone else’s ideas and/or words, from an article, book or song, and pass them off as your own1. Examiners are very strict on plagiarism since it is certainly immoral and could well be unlawful2. The rule is: If you quote or extract from an article, web page, book etc., you must indicate the source (to do this simply insert a footnote which gives the name of the author, name/details of the materials, and where they can be located).

 Academic staff should seek permission before they copy these internet materials and use them in their lessons or lectures. It is possible to negotiate terms for the use of materials. Indeed, they are welcome to make use of what has been termed the "Jepson method" when it comes to teaching law. This involves AS/A2 students applying a 'read and precis methodology' prior to attendance at a class lecture.

Please note that I cannot be held responsible for any persons usage of these internet materials. You cannot rely upon the accuracy of the materials and should not consider acting upon the content without seeking independent professional advice.

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1 The Concise Oxford Dictionary [Eight Edition 1990] defines to 'plagiarize' as to "take and use the thoughts, writings, inventions of another person as one's own".

2 Please note that plagiarism is generally considered to be a civil, rather than a criminal, matter.