CITATION, FORMAT & STYLE. eLEARNING RPK 214 â€“ Lecture 2. NB.... Please note that ALL assignments in your legal studies MUST comply with the rules to follow in this lecture. Failure to properly comply with it will result in serious mark losses.
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eLEARNING RPK 214 – Lecture 2
Please note that ALL assignments in your legal studies MUST comply with the rules to follow in this lecture.
Failure to properly comply with it will result in serious mark losses.
These rules will also be important to you in your profession, as pieces of legal writing, for example heads of argument in courts, must also be done in compliance with these rules.
Study Unit 1 contains all information as summarised here
Can add value & structure to your text
Punctuation marks in headings...careful (Only use question marks and hyphens)
Type it in BOLD
Headings it should provide a clue as to what is to follow, it should NOT be cryptic
Position of reference in text...
- Pay attention.3
- ...pay attention,3 because...
- Smith3 is of the opinion that...
BOOKS & ARTICLES
1 Smith 2008:5-9.
2 Coetzee et al. 1990:11.
3 Samuels 2009:2; Khati 2011:3.
1 x TAB
1 Jones 1962 2 SA A:668.
2 Baker v Baker 1945 AD 709:353.
3 Baker v Baker:400.
4 Close Corporations Act 69/1984.
5 Close Corporations Act 69/1984: sec 4.
6 Sec 5.
7 MacDonell 2007. http://www.ufs.ac.za. Accessed on 15/02/2009.
8 Smith 1997. http://www.macpro.com/page349.msd. Accessed on 3/12/2011.
1 Smith 1990: 3
2 Mahlakeng 2009:44-47; Myburgh 2011:501-520; Nel:2. (The entire footnotes should be tabbed)
3 This concept should follow the wide, rather than the narrow interpretation.
2003. Legal writing in practice. 2nd Ed. London:CRC Press.
2006. Legal writing in practice. American Law Journal 34(2):1-23.
Book title in italics!
1 x TAB
Journal title in italics!
1 x TAB
2007. The intricacies of scientific evidence.
<http://www.scieweb.gov.uk?sci>. Accessed on 3/12/2009.
2010. Do we still have honest lawyers? The Citizen 14 August:3.
Article / website name in italics!
1 x TAB
10 Ariel font
1 x TAB
Direct duplication formulation & insights / ideas of source text with the intention of presenting it as one’s own work
Academic writing misconduct:
cribbing in tests & exams
fabrication or falsification of data
purchasing assignments etc.
HOW TO AVOID PLAGIARISM
Cite, cite, cite
Use quotations where quoted
Read sources you use! If you did not read a source (that includes cases!), you may not use it
Rewrite after proper digestion - Read the source. Digest the information into your thoughts. Then rewrite into your own words