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References in Research:
Research is said to be the study or method of gaining knowledge. There is no field of study that
is devoid of research or such techniques. In this context it is necessary to know and understand
the basic characteristics of a good research. The basic characteristics of a good research include:
1. it should be objective oriented
2. it should be precise and comprehensive in its manner of presentation and study;
3. it should deal with a problem of significance and provide a pragmatic and workable
4. it should be authentic and not plagiarized;
5. it should include proper references and sources as to from where such idea has been
borrowed or inspired;
6. proper methodology of research should be present.
Thus it can be seen that besides dealing with the research problem of current nature and such
elements as required in the form of proper methodology and language followed, the work should
be authentic and include the proper sources along-with proper citation and noting.
As authenticity is an essential element of good research and also legal research thus emphasis
should be laid upon including the proper resources and citations. The need to authenticate the
study is necessary because if not so done then the study shall become a plagiarised one.
Every research thus includes within itself a portion that deals with references which show the
sources and the places from where the idea or the matter has been taken causing thereby minimal
chances of plagiarism and such allegations of copying or violating others copyrights.

In academic writing, whether essay, review, research report or paper, it is hence essential that one
acknowledges as to exactly from where one has obtained the ideas and information. References
should be provided whenever any ideas or inspiration, or, particular facts, illustrative examples,
theories, findings, ideas or concepts in an authors work, or, specific data or statistics, or, any
direct quotation, or, paraphrasing an authors words is taken or used in the concerned study.
Need of References:

To acknowledge the sources.

To substantiate the arguments.

To avoid plagiarism, even when unintentional.

To enable the reader to follow up the source of the material and similarly can be of help
in further research.

Generally citing references is a two-fold process of:

1. Citing or making a brief reference to the source, in brackets, within the body of the
document, which includes the authors surname, the date of publication, and, if relevant,
the page number, for example (Fisher and Harrison, 1998:2), and,
2. Referencing or giving a full bibliographic description of each source, in alphabetical
order, at the end of the document. This description should contain all the elements needed
to identify the source: author, date, title, place and name of publisher, etc. The
referencing should also be consistent, i.e. one should not mix different systems but stick
to one, which, as indicated, either by the evaluator or the guide or instructor.

The need can be best understood by the following diagram or flowchart1:

Did you think of it?


Is it common


Cite it

Do not cite it

In the Chapter I on Bibliography in Legal Research the contents deal with the matter of
definition of bibliography, and its essential elements. The use and importance of bibliography is
not less than the whole research itself as in its absence the whole study lacks the sanctity of
research. The chapter tries to highlight these important elements in a bibliography apart form
also including the types of bibliography used in a reference system. The common pattern of
writing a bibliography has been also enumerated.
In the Chapter II on Citation in Legal Research the detailed analysis of the various styles of
citation available has been added with their examples for ready referencing and ease of
understanding. In this chapter the focus has been on the need of citation and its various forms as
1 Harris 2001, The plagiarism handbook: strategies for preventing, detecting and dealing with
plagiarism, Pyrczak, Los Angeles p. 155

available all around the globe. In fact there are a number of styles present and the number is
increasing day by day but here the focus is primarily upon those forms or styles which are widely
popular. In this part, with illustrative examples, the form of citation that has been devised by the
Indian law Institute in line with the MLA style has been added for the better understanding of the
position of research in India and that even they are not far behind in developing a style which is
easy and not laborious to follow.
After knowing all about references the most obvious question that needs to be answered is why
are all these necessary? In connection to this as has been time and again been emphasised in the
study that the main motto of research is gaining knowledge and the main purpose of including
the references is to give the proper authenticity of the research along with maintaining the
originality of such other researches that have been taken help of in the study. The next chapter is
relating to the issue of plagiarism and its issue in research under the head of Plagiarism and
Research in Chapter III of the study. The portion deals with the issue and its meaning and tries
to outline the reasons which can be attributed to its growth as often it is seen that students as well
as researchers try to take the short-cut and are even unaware of the plague of plagiarism. In this
context the chapter is an attempt to deter the researchers as well as the students to note take the
easy way out and help in developing an original work of their own which not only shall help in
the development of the law and the subject of research but also give immense satisfaction to the
researcher on having done a good work. The types of plagiarism has been also included to show
that even if proper citation is done in a study still if there is no substantial material fact in the
study then the whole idea of originality is lost and the work becomes a plagiarised one.

Points of discussion:
Meaning of bibliography
Use of bibliography
Types of Bibliography
Method of writing the bibliography: Essential elements involved
Meaning of Bibliography
Bibliography is generally termed to be the list of the books that the researcher refers to in the
study undertaken by him/her. According to The Oxford English Dictionary as a practice, the
academic study of books as physical, cultural objects, in this sense, is also known as bibliology.
On the whole, bibliography is not concerned with the literary content of books, but rather the
bookness of books how they were designed, edited, printed, circulated, reprinted and
collected.2 A bibliography lists relevant items that you have used in the preparation of the
assignment but not necessarily cited in your text.3
A bibliography, the product of the practice of bibliography, is a systematic list of books and other
works such as journal articles. Bibliographies range from works cited lists at the end of books
and articles to complete, independent publications. As separate works, they may be in bound
volumes such as those shown on the right or computerised bibliographic databases. A library
catalog, while not referred to as a bibliography, is bibliographic in nature. Bibliographical
works are almost always considered to be tertiary sources.
Bibliography is a list of the works of a specific author or publisher. It includes4:
2 Philip Gaskell, A New Introduction to Bibliography
3 Guide to the Harvard Style of Referencing second edition revised September 2010 on
Referencing Systems available at (Visited on
25th March, 2011)
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a) a list of writings relating to a given subject: a bibliography of Latin American history;

b) a list of writings used or considered by an author in preparing a particular work;
c) the description and identification of the editions, dates of issue, authorship, and
typography of books or other written material;
d) a compilation of such information;
A bibliography means5:
1. the science that studies the history of books, noting their physical description,
publication, and editions.
2. a list of books on a particular subject or by a particular author.
3. a list of source materials used or consulted in the preparation of a work or referred to in
the text.
Broadly bibliography is the systematic study and description of books. The word can refer to
the listing of books according to some system (called descriptive, or enumerative, bibliography),
to the study of books as tangible objects (called critical, or analytical, bibliography), or to the
product of those activities.6 The term book is now generally applied to all texts (be they
published or in manuscript) that are meant to be permanent, including periodicals, maps, music,
pictures, and ephemera, as well as materials preserved in the audiovisual and electronic media.
Use of bibliography:
As the meaning of bibliography suggests that it is a list of books and materials used for the
research the need is thus inherent in its meaning. In fact its primary job is to provide the list of
the references used and it goes on to show the amount of labour the researcher has put in the
study by going through the various books, articles, journals etc. in the course of his study. In this
matter the inclusion of the reports and the legislations referred helps in making a proper and rich
bibliography which can show the image of how good a research has been. The bibliography also
acts as the insight for future references and development of the study in the field of research. The
need of bibliography can also be perceived from the point that it is an effort to give credibility of
the work undertaken by others as well as not create an impression of either stealing or trying to
pass-on anothers work as his own.
5 ibid
6 Britannica Encyclopedia on bibliography

Types of bibliography:
Primarily there are 3 types of bibliography namely:
1. Enumerative Bibliography7: this form of bibliography includes the results in an
overview of the publications of a particular category. It is the listing of books
according to some system or reference plan, for example, by author, by subject, or
by date. The implication is that the listings will be short, usually providing only
the authors name, the books title, and date and place of publication. Also known
as systematic bibliography or descriptive bibliography. A book like the New
Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, which catalogues briefly the
works of English writers and the important secondary material about them is an
example of the same.
2. Analytical bibliography: it is the analysis of the sources referred to (here book)
with respect to their historical perspectives or their details of production or even
the method in which the book has been framed to suit the need of the subject.
Analytical bibliography is concerned with the whole study of the physical book:
its history, its appearance, and the influence of the manner of production on its
text. It is in fact lunatic to attempt to draw precisely distinctions among the types
as they are equally important as aids to our understanding of books.
Enumerative (Systematic)

Analytical (Critical) Bibliography

Bibliography Bibliography Bibliography
Thus the category can be further divided into:

7Terry Belanger Descriptive Bibliography The Bibliographical Society of America available at

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Historical bibliography: the history of books broadly speaking and of the

persons, institutions, and machines that was produced them. It may range
from technological history to the history of art in its concern along with

the evidence books provide about culture and society.

Textual bibliography: the relationship between the printed text as we have
it before us, and that text as conceived by its author. Textual bibliography
(sometimes called textual criticism) tries to provide the most accurate text
of a writers work. The equipment of the textual bibliographer is both a
profound knowledge of the work of the writer being edited (and of his or
her period) and an equally profound knowledge of contemporary printing

and publishing practices.

Descriptive bibliography: the close physical description of books. How is
the book put together? What sort of type is used and what kind of paper?
How are the illustrations incorporated into the book? How is it bound?
Like the textual bibliographer, the descriptive bibliographer must have a
good working knowledge of the state of the technology of the period in
order to describe a book's physical appearance both accurately and
economically. Descriptive bibliographies are books that give full physical
descriptions of the books they list, enabling us to tell one edition from
another and to identify significant variations within a single edition. Good
descriptive bibliographies are therefore indispensable to book collectors,
whatever their fields of interest and whatever the time period their
collections cover.

Annotated Bibliography: There is also another form of bibliography which is known as

annotated bibliography. Annotated bibliography includes specific information about each source
the researcher has used. The annotated bibliography allows one to tell the readers what to check
out, what might be worth checking out in some situations, and what might not be worth spending
the time on. Its kind of like providing a list of good movies for ones classmates to watch and
then going over the list with them, telling them why one movie is better than that the other or
why one student in the class might like a particular movie better than another student would. It
helps one to give the future researchers alike enough information to understand basically what

the materials are about and to make an informed decision about where to use their resources
based on their interests.
Certain elements of annotated bibliography include:

encourages to think critically about the content of the works being used, their
place within a field of study, and their relation to the research and ideas where it is used;

proves that one has read and understood the sources used and mentioned;

establishes the work as a valid source and the fact that the researcher is a
competent one;

situates the study and topic in a continuing professional conversation;

provides a way for others to decide whether a source will be helpful to their
research if they read it;

can help interested researchers to determine whether they are interested in a topic
by providing background information and an idea of the kind of work going on in a field
that has been researched upon .

Method of writing the bibliography: Essential Elements involved

The bibliography as includes the list and the names of books with the details as to the
publications and the year of the publications which point the exact details for future references
and authenticity for further research. The style of bibliography generally varies according to the
style of citation followed8 or the type of bibliography followed but broadly the general aspects
that are present in a bibliography includes:
Authors name;
The title of the book or journal or magazine or material referred to in the study;
The name of the publishing house and its place;
The year or date of publication;
The pages referred to (in case of articles from journals or articles or newspapers
or encyclopedia)
8 infra Chapter II Citation in Legal Research

Points of Discussion:
Meaning of Legal Citation
Importance of Citation
Types of citation
Illustrative examples
Meaning of Citation:
Broadly, a citation is a reference to a published or unpublished source (not always the original
source). More precisely, a citation is an abbreviated alphanumeric expression embedded in the
body of an intellectual work that denotes an entry in the bibliographic references section of the
work for the purpose of acknowledging the relevance of the works of others to the topic of
discussion at the spot where the citation appears. Citation is the practice of referring to the work
of other authors in the text of you own piece of work. Such works are cited to show evidence
both of the background reading that has been done and to support the content and conclusions.9
A prime purpose of a citation is intellectual honesty to attribute prior or unoriginal work and
ideas to the correct sources, and to allow the reader to determine independently whether the
referenced material supports the author's argument in the claimed way.
Importance of Citation:
It is but obvious as to the need and necessity of citation as it not only helps the researcher
himself but also the further researches in the same sphere or area of study. Legal research also
relies very heavily on citation. Accurate citation provides a road map that directs the reader to
where to locate the law. As with an actual road map, users of citations depend on their accuracy.
Inaccurate or incomplete citations will result in people taking a detour from their goal and
wasting time in their legal research.

9 supra note 2, Citation


In this regard it is necessary to also note that if not so done then the researcher might be found
guilty of plagiarism which can totally declare a research to be void or wasted. According to
the Harvard Universitys Style of Referencing each citation requires a reference at the end of the
work; this gives the full details of the source item and should enable it to be traced. Referring
accurately to such source materials is part of sound academic practice and a skill that should be
mastered.10 Other reasons for accurate citation and referencing are:
to give credit to the concepts and ideas of other authors;
to provide the reader (often the marker/examiner of the assignment) with evidence
of the breadth and depth of your reading; and,
to enable those who read your work to locate the cited references easily.
A citation is to a legal authority what a URL is to a web page. For example, if all one had, was
the name Bachhan Singh v. State of Punjab one could find the respective case or web page
provided some help from either a digest or table of cases (with respect to the case) was there.
However, if one has AIR 1980 SC 898 then he could go directly to the case in any law library
just as one goes directly to the web page on the internet without any further assistance or
information. Hence, accurate citation of legal authorities in briefs or pleadings that are filed with
the court is essential.
Types of Citation:
Generally there are two types of citation in any research which can be either in-text format
(also termed as Parenthetical Format) or note format. Note format can be further classified
into footnotes and endnotes.
Various institutions have further developed the citation system with certain modifications based
upon the above-mentioned formats and have received so much importance that they have come
to be recognized by their own names and essential characteristics. The various forms of citations,
as has evolved and been accepted, generally subscribe to citations systems, such as the Oxford
and Harvard, MLA, American Sociological Association (ASA), American Psychological
Association (APA), and other citations systems including the Bluebook Citation Format, as their
10 id. note 9

syntactic conventions are widely known and easily interpreted by readers. Each of these citation
systems has its respective advantages and disadvantages relative to the trade-offs of being
informative (but not too disruptive) and thus should be chosen relative to the needs of the type of
publication being crafted. In the following paragraphs the various methods of citations shall be
discussed in brief with examples for better understanding of the same.
Harvard form of Citation11: This style of citation has been developed
Certain examples have been associated to explain the style of references used in this
form of referencing:
Direct Citation and In-direct citation: In the former case the authors name
if forms a natural part of the sentence, then the surname should be followed by
the year of publication, in brackets else (in the latter case), the authors name
is mentioned within the text followed by the authors name and year of
publication, in brackets, at the end of the sentence.
eg. There are certain distinctive conditions, which need to be satisfied, in
order for a review to be justified (Jain 2010). is an example of indirect
citation but for the other one it can be Jain (2010) argues that there are
certain conditions that should be considered, before making a decision on
whether to review the case or not.
Citing Page Numbers: If the information comes from a particular page or
section of the publication, or an exact quotation is being used, then page
numbers to be included as follows:
eg. (Jain 2011: 74-89)
Citing a source that has more than two author: The first author followed
by et al in italics is cited.
eg. (Hallam et al 1999). The full bibliographic reference will read as:
Hallam, E., Hockey, J. and Howarth, G. (1999) Beyond the Body. Death and
Social Identity. London, New York: Routledge.
No author: If the author of a document cannot be found then the following
format can be used:
Title of document (in italics) Anon and date of publication.

11 The updated 2010 form of references to be provided according to Harvard form of citation
can be of use to the researcher and can be accessed from the following address

This style of citation also includes under a separate head as to how the references or
bibliography is to be made and the essential details as to the same.
Books: The order of the various elements is:
Author: Surname with capital letter, followed by comma.
Initials: In capitals with full-stop after each.
Year: Publication year (not printing or impression) in parentheses,
followed by full stop.
Title: Full title in italics. Only the first word and proper nouns
should be capitalized. Follow with a full stop (unless there is a
Sub-title: Follows a colon at the end of the full title. Only proper
nouns should be capitalized. Followed by a full stop.
Edition: Only include if it is not a first edition. Use the number
followed by ed.
Place of publication: Give town or city, and country if there is
possible confusion with the UK. Follow with a colon
Publisher: Publisher name followed by full stop.
Eg. Jain, M.P. (2010). Indian Constitutional Law. 6th ed. Nagpur: Lexis Nexis
Butterworths, Wadhwa .
If there are more than one author of any book referred in the study tehn the
referencing should be done using this style as follows:
For three or less authors all names are to be cited
Example: Alvesson, M. and Skoldberg, K. (2000). Reflexive Methodology:
New vistas for qualitative research. London: Sage Publications.
For four or more authors cite the first only, followed by et al.
Example: Taylor, P. et al. (1997) Sociology in Focus. 3rd ed. Bath: Causeway


Edited books: Books that consist of chapters written by different authors,

overseen by one or more editors requires the following elements:
Author(s), Initial(s). ed(s). (Year of publication). Title of book. Edition
(if not 1st edition). Place of publication: Publisher.
Example: Cohen, A. P. and Rapport, N. eds. (1995). Questions of
Consciousness. (2nd edition). London: Routledge.
Conference papers: The required elements are:
Authors name and initials. (Year). Title of paper. In: Full title of the
conference. Location. Date.
Example: Bauld, L. (2009). UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies:
Opportunities for involvement. In: ASH Wales 2nd Annual Tobacco Control
Conference, 6-7 Cardiff, Wales, UK. October 2009.
Internet sources: The required elements are:
Author(s) or corporate author. (Year). Title of document. [type of
medium]. Available from: URL [accessed date]
Example: BBC News. (2007). King denies criticising Treasury [online].
Available from: [accessed 19
December 2007].
[It is important to note that some of these details may not be available in toto
but the aim is to provide as complete a reference as possible.]
In the bibliography the method of referencing should be as follows:
Example: Fredrickson, B. L. (2000). Cultivating positive emotions to
optimize health and well-being. Prevention & Treatment, 3. Available from [Accessed 20
November 2003]
Dissertations/Unpublished PhD. Thesis: The required elements are:
Authors name and initials. (year). Title. Level. Educational

Example: Levine, D. (1993). A parallel genetic algorithm for the set

partitioning problem. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis. Illinois Institute of
Articles, papers and reports etc: The articles in these forms have almost
similar form of citation but have certain forms and differences which can be
illustrated by the following examples with respect to the different formats.
Journals: The essential element form of citation includes:
Author's surname and initials, (year). title of article. full title of Journal,
volume number, (part or issue number), pages. Italics are used for the
title of the journal, not the article.
Example: Francis, D. Kellaher, L. and Neophytou, G. (2000). Sustaining
cemeteries: the user perspective. Mortality, 5 (1), 34 53.
Newspaper articles: The required elements are:
Author, Initials. (Year). Title of article. Full title of newspaper, Day &
month, page numbers.
Example: Wallace, S. (2008). Barry to reject record pay deal and join
Benitez. The Independent, 6th May, 55.
Conference papers: The required elements are:
Authors name and initials. (Year). Title of paper. In: Full title of the
conference. Location. Date.
Example: Bauld, L. (2009). UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies:
Opportunities for involvement. In: ASH Wales 2nd Annual Tobacco Control
Conference, 6-7 Cardiff, Wales, UK. October 2009.
Reports: The required elements are:
Author. (Year).Title of report, Place of publication: Publisher.
Example: Devine, J., Notley, T., 2009. Extreme poverty policies of donors in
Bangladesh: An overview. Project Report. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Genesis Ltd.
Acts of parliament: The required elements are:
Short title with key words capitalised. (Chapter number). Place of
publication: Publisher.
Example: Football (disorder) (Amendment) Act 2002. Chapter 12.
London: The HMSO
MLA form of Citation: This form of citation is widely acclaimed and is found to be
the most followed citation format around the globe.
The examples with respect to the various forms of references have been noted
Books: The form includes the following essential elements:

Authors surname followed by the forename in full, (not just initials) Book
title, underlined. All words to begin with a capital letter except for words
such as a, of, in, the, from, etc Place of publication Publisher Year of
Example: Bernheimer, Charles.
Flaubert and Kafka: Studies in
Psychopoetic Structure. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.
Journal articles: The format followed in this regard includes
Authors surname followed by forename in full Title of article, enclosed
in quotation marks. (All words in title in capitals except for small
connecting words) Title of journal, underlined Volume number. Part
number, if available Year of publication, in parentheses Page number(s)
Example: Simpson, Roger. Building Arthurian Castles in Spain.
Arthuriana, 11.4 (2001): 77-87.
Conference Papers: The essential elements of this reference includes:
Contributing Author(s) surname, followed by forename Title of paper, in
quotation marks Title of conference, underlined, including the date and
place if available Editor(s) of Conference Proceedings forename
followed by surname Place of publication Publisher Year of publication
Page numbers
Example: Yuan, Boping. Is Thematic-Verb Raising inevitable in the
Acquisition of a Nonnative Language? Proceedings of the 24th Annual
Boston University Conference on Language Development, I-II. Ed. Catherine
S. Howell, Sarah A. Fish, Thea Keith-Lucas. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla,
2000. 797-807.
Theses and Dissertations, unpublished: The essential elements in this form
of citation format are:
Authors name and forename, if available. Initials if not. Title of thesis,
in quotation marks Descriptive label - Diss. Name of institution to which
submitted, and Year
Example: Neill, M. Women at work in Ulster, 1845-1911. Diss. Queen's
University, Belfast, 1996. Note Published dissertations should be treated in
the same way as books
Websites: The citation details includes:


Title of the project or database, underlined Name of editor of

project/database (if given) Electronic publication information, including
version number, date of electronic publication or latest update, and name
of sponsoring institution or organization Date of access and electronic
address within < >.
Example: Britannica Online. Vers. 97.1.1 Mar. 1997.
Britannica. 29 Mar. 1997 <>


E-Journals: The elements in this case include:

Authors surname, followed by forename Title of article in quotation
marks Title of the journal, underlined Volume no. Part no. Year of
publication Page number(s), if numbered Date of access and electronic
Example: Honing, Henkjan. From Time to Time: The Representation of
Timing and Tempo. Computer Music Journal 25.3 (2001). 12 July 2002
Text References: The essentials that should be considered in this case should
include when using MLA form of citation, the in-text citation takes the form
of the authors name and the page number being cited.
Example: Williams (137-141) compared Italian and English sonnets or In a
recent study of medieval sonnets (Williams 137-141)
American Sociological Association (ASA) Citation:
This form of citing sources uses the bibliographic style established by the American
Sociological Association Style Guide, 2nd edition (ASA). ASA has a different format
for footnotes and bibliographic entries. Below are examples of the formats for both
types of citation.12
Type of Citation


Book, one author

Mason, Karen O. 1974. Womens Labor Force Participation and

Fertility. Research Triangle Park, NC: National Institutes of

Book, multiple authors Berlin, Gordon and Andrew Sum. 1988. Toward a More Perfect
Union: Basic Skills, Poor Families, and Our Economic Future.
12 Citing Sources in Research Papers: American Sociological Association available at

New York: Ford Foundation.

Book, editor

Thirsk, Joan, ed. 1984. The Agrarian History of England and

Wales. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Goodman, Leo A. 1974. The Analysis of Systems of Qualitative

Articles from journals Variables
Unobservable. American Journal of Sociology 79:1179-259.
Articles from
newspapers and

Guildes, Melinda and Krystal Miller. 1990. Mazda and

Mitsubishi-Chrysler Venture Cut Output. Wall Street Journal,
January 12, pp. A2, A12.

U.S. Congress. 1950. House Subcommittee on the Study of

Government Documents Monopoly Power of the Committee on the Judiciary. Study of
Monopoly Power: Hearing. 81st Cong., 2d sess., pp.788-91.
King, Andrew. 1976. Law and Land Use in Chicago: A PreDissertations and Theses History of Modern Zoning. PhD. dissertation, Department of
Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Online Journal article

Jacobson, John W., Jane A. Mulick, and Ann A. Schwartz. 1995.

A History of Facilitated Communication: Science,
Pseudoscience, and Antiscience. American Psychologist 50:75065.


Mathematical Policy Research, Inc. (August, 2005). Rural

America: An Overview. In Rural Research Needs and Data
Sources for Selected Human Services Topics (vol 1, chap. 2).
Retrieved March 24, 2007 (

American Psychological Association (APA) Citation:

The APA form of citation is very similar to that of MLA form that is followed except
for some minor differences between the two. The essential elements of APA form of
citation can be seen to be as follows:
Use of parenthetical citation which shall include the authors name, followed
by a comma, and the page number where the reference was found, written as
(U Bakshi, p. 45). In cases where you have used more than one work by an
author in one paper, you should also include the date when the work was
published, so that your reference can be easily found by an interested reader:
(U Bakshi 2011, p. 45).


Use of punctuation marks just before the parenthetical citation to symbolize

that as to at the end of the clause where the reference is located.13
Creation of a Reference Page titled as References, and not Works Cited or
Bibliography like in other citation formats. Certain elements as to this
should be also kept in mind, namely:
This title should appear at the top center of the page, which is also the

last page of the study.

The references should be listed alphabetically by the first word of each
citation, which will usually be the authors name, or the title of the

work if there is no authors name.

The entire page should be double-spaced, with no extra spaces

between references, bullet points or numbering.

If a reference takes up more than one line, each subsequent line should

be indented.
Book and journal titles should be either italicized or underlined.
However, titles of articles or chapters should not be italicized or even

in quotation marks, but written in plain text.

Pagination for a citation not to be included unless it is for a chapter in
a book or an article from a periodical. If the precise page range is not

known, it can be written as: pp. 19+.

The Bluebook Citation14: The citation forms in The Bluebook are designed to provide
the information necessary to lead the reader directly to the specific items cited but are
not exhaustive because of the ever-increasing range of authorities cited in legal
writing; no system of citation can be said to be complete.
Roe v. Wade (1973) 410 U.S. 113, 93 S.Ct. 705, 35 L.Ed.2d 147.
In the above example 410 U.S. 113, refers to the volume number of the United States
Reports and page number where the reported decision of Roe v. Wade can be found.
93 S.Ct. 705 gives the same information with respect to West's Supreme Court
13 Molden, Vanessa on How to use APA Citation in Research Writing, available at
14 The Bluebook: An Introduction available at

Reporter and 35 L.Ed. 147, refers to the volume number and page where the case is
reported in Supreme Court Reports, Lawyer's Edition Second Series.
People v. Rogers (1971) 5 Cal.3d, 129, 95 Cal.Rptr. 601, 486 P.2d 129.
This refers to a California Supreme Court case with parallel citations to West's
California Reporter and Pacific Reporter 2nd Series. Note the name of the case is
always either italicized or underlined.
Ruchti v.Goldfein, 113 Cal.App.3d 928, 170 Cal.Rptr. 375 (1980).
The cited reference is to a California Court of Appeal case which is reported in
California Appellate Reports, Third Series. Once again, the parallel citation is to
West's California Reporter. Only state supreme court cases are reported in Pacific
Reporter hence, no parallel cite to that series. This citation follows the protocal of
the Uniform System of Citation style manual by placing the year the case was decided
at the end of the citation. In the California Style Manual the year the case was
decided is placed between the name of the case and the first reporter citation.
ILI Style of Citation: Indian Citation Format15: The Indian Law Institute has
formulated a set pattern of footnoting, which is followed in the journal of Indian Law
Institute, Annual Survey of Indian Law and various other publications of the Institute.
By a single author: the format for this is as follows:Name of the author, Title of the book (if referring to specific
page or pages) (Publisher, Place of publication, edition/year of
Example: M.P.Jain, Indian Constitutional Law 98 (Kamal Law House,
Calcutta, 5th edn., 1998).
By two authors: the format is more or less similar to the previous one
but with minor modifications:
Name of the authors, Title of the book (if referring to specific
page or pages) (Publisher, Place of publication, edition/year of
Example: M.P.Jain and S.N. Jain, Principles of Administrative Law 38
(Wadhawa, Nagpur, 2001)
15 Available at <>

For more than two authors: in this case the use of et. Al. is there.
Name of the first two authors,, Title of the book (if
referring to specific page or pages) (Publisher, Place of
publication, edition/year of publication).
Example: Jerry L. Mashaw, Richard A. Merrill,, The American
Public Law System Cases and Materials 50 (West Group, St. Paul,

MN, 1992).
By a single editor: the format is pretty much the same and use of ed.
is there.
Name of the editor (ed.), Title of the book (if referring to
specific page or pages) (Publisher, Place of publication, edn/year).
Example: Nilendra Kumar (ed.), Nana Palkhivala: A Tribute
(Universal Publishers, Delhi, 2004).
Note: in case of multiplicity of editors the format that can be adopted

is the same as that of books.

Citation of a paper published in a journal/periodical: the format is
simple and easy as follows:
Name of author of the article, title of the essay within inverted
commas, volume number of journal,

Name of the journal in

abbreviation & page number (year).

Example: K. Madhusudhana Rao, Authority to Recommend
Presidents Rule under Article 356 of the Constitution, 46 JILI 125

Citation of a paper published in a case reporter:
Authors name separated by a comma, followed by the name of the
name of the article within inverted commas and the citation of the
article as mentioned in the journal with the page number.
Example: P.K. Thakur, Permissibility of Probation in Offences

Punishable with Minimum Imprisonment 2 SCJ 26-38 (2002).

Citation of a write-up published in a news paper/periodical: the format
in case of such citation is similar to the above ones and but the date

and such other details have to be mentioned.

Name of the writer, Title of the write-up within inverted commas,
Name of the newspaper, date.


Example: Robert I. Freidman, Indias Shame: Sexual Slavery and

Political Corruption are Leading to an AIDS Catastrophe,


Nation, April 8, 1996.

Citation of an editorial from a newspaper:
Editorial, Title of the Editorial within inverted commas Name of the
newspaper, date.
Example: Editorial, Short-circuited The Times of India, August 2,

Citing a reference form Encyclopedia:
Example: Edwin R.A. Seligman (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Social

Sciences Vol. XV (The Macmillan Co., NY, 1957).

Websites: if the websites gives information as to when it was last modified,
the must be cited, if not one must cite the date of visiting the website.
Examples: Information Technology Act 2000, India, available at: (Last Modified July 29, 2003).
Information Technology Act 2000, India, available

at: bill.asp (Visited on July 29, 2003).

Name of the Researcher, Title of the dissertation/thesis (Year)
(Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, Name of the University/organization).
Example: Raman Mittal, Clinical Legal education: Challenges and
Roadmap to Future (2004) (Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Punjab
The above methods of citation as well as references can be followed by any person undertaking a
research in a particular field. Even their scope of application is limited only to the institutes that
have developed the formats but there is lack of uniformity in its application as anybody can
freely chose the method followed but it should be kept in mind clearly that whatever method is
once started with the same should be followed in the whole format of the study.


What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism means presenting the words, phrases, ideas or work of another, including certain facts
and statistics, as if they were your own. At UNC, plagiarism is defined as the deliberate or
reckless representation of anothers words, thoughts, or ideas as ones own without attribution in
connection with submission of academic work, whether graded or otherwise.16 Plagiarism is
defined in dictionaries as the wrongful appropriation, close imitation, or purloining and
publication, of another author's language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions, and the representation
of them as ones own original work.17 Fundamentally, thus it can be said that plagiarism is the
offering of the words or ideas of another person as ones own.
The modern concept of plagiarism is immoral and originality as an ideal emerged in Europe only
in the 18th century, particularly with the Romantic movement, while in the previous centuries
authors and artists were encouraged to copy the masters as closely as possible and avoid
unnecessary invention. Plagiarism is now not a crime but is disapproved more on the grounds
of moral offence.
Plagiarism is not the same as copyright infringement. While both terms may apply to a
particular act, they are different concepts. Copyright infringement is a violation of the rights of
a copyright holder, when material protected by copyright is used without consent. On the other
16 Instrument of Student Judicial Governance, Section II.B.1 available at <>
17 <> at Random House Compact Unabridged Dictionary, 1995 edn. use
or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own
original work; the Oxford English Dictionary: the wrongful appropriation or purloining and publication as
one's own, of the ideas, or the expression of the ideas of another; according to West's Encyclopedia of
American Law on Plagiarism it is theft of another person's writings or ideas. Generally, it occurs when
someone steals expressions from another author's composition and makes them appear to be his own work.
Plagiarism is not a legal term; however, it is often used in lawsuits. Courts recognize acts of plagiarism as
violations of copyright law, specifically as the theft of another creator's intellectual property. Because copyright law
allows a variety of creative works to be registered as the property of their owners, lawsuits alleging plagiarism can
be based on the appropriation of any form of writing, music, and visual images.


hand, the moral concept of plagiarism is concerned with the unearned increment to the
plagiarizing authors reputation that is achieved through false claims of authorship.
To avoid plagiarizing, you must clearly acknowledge the source of any borrowed language or
ideas that you present in your own work. Quotation marks, followed by documentation, should
be used to indicate the exact words of others. A signal phrase identifying a source and/or
parenthetical citation or a superscript number should denote the summarized or paraphrased
ideas of others, depending on the particular style the paper follows.
Types of Plagiarism:
There are various ways in which plagiarism can be said to have been committed and it is always
not that it includes only blind CCP (Cut-Copy-Paste) but it may also involve use of certain
amount of intellect and disguise in an effort to remove the tag of plagiarism. The problem is so
huge and has such vice-like grip that it is very difficult to save a person form its clutches as
normally one and all like to have it easy and when such an easy method of CCP is available then
why to worry! Also, as it is not an offence under any of the laws and neither can anyone be held
liable for breaching someones rights the offenders can escape the moral obligations present.
This has been the reason many institutions have started developing code of conduct and manner
of research to be followed by the researcher in the study and they try to see to it that if any
person is found indulgent in such activities then his work may be declared to be as plagiarized
and thus can be cancelled. To prevent such acts even technological assistance18 can be sought to
check whether the research is authentic or not or it suffers from the disease of plagiarism. In this
regard the classification or the types of plagiarism is important to note and understand.
According to C. Barnbaum19, there may be five types of plagiarism namely:

Copy & Paste Plagiarism

18, are certain online websites where details as to how to check or
curb plagiarism nad the former is the Worlds first Internet based service to prevent plagiarism.
19 Plagiarism: A Student's Guide to Recognizing It and Avoiding It available
<> accessed on 23rd March, 2011



Word Switch Plagiarism

Style Plagiarism
Metaphor Plagiarism
Idea Plagiarism
According to Turnitin.com20 and Research Resources there may be broadly two types of
plagiarism which can be further sub-divided into other types.
Broadly the two types are: - (I) Sources not cited and (II) Sources cited which can be further
categorized into:

Sources not cited:

1) The Ghost Writer is where the writer copies word-to-word to claim his original work.
2) The Photocopy is where the significant portions of text from a single source, without
alteration, is copied by the researcher.
3) The Potluck Paper is where an effort is made to disguise plagiarism by copying from
several different sources, changing certain sentences but retaining the paraphrase of the
original source.
4) The Poor Disguise: Although the writer has retained the essential content of the source,
he or she has altered the papers appearance slightly by changing key words and phrases.
5) The Labor of Laziness: The writer takes the time to paraphrase most of the paper from
other sources and make it all fit together, instead of spending the same effort on original

20 <> is website where various software and

technologies are available to prevent plagiarism and the same can be of help to both the teachers
as well as the students who themselves can check whether any material studied by them is
plagiarized or not or even see whether their own work suffers from the defect or not.

6) The Self-Stealer: The writer borrows generously from his or her previous work,
violating policies concerning the expectation of originality adopted by most academic

Sources Cited (but still plagiarized!): Even if sources are cited then also in certain cases
as mentioned below there can be chances of plagiarism being associated with the work.
1) The Forgotten Footnote: Here the writer mentions an authors name for a
source, but specific information on the location of the material referenced is not

This often masks other forms of plagiarism by obscuring source

2) The Misinformer: Inaccurate information regarding the sources is provided,
making it impossible to find them.
3) The Too-Perfect Paraphrase: Properly citation of a source is done, but neglects
to put in quotation marks text that has been copied word-for-word, or is close to
the same. Here the writer falsely claims original presentation and interpretation
of the information which is not so in actual.
4) The Resourceful Citer: Properly citation of all sources is done, paraphrasing and
using quotations are also put appropriately, but the study contains almost no
original work! It is one of the most difficult plagiarisms to spot as because it
looks like any other well-researched document!
5) The Perfect Crime: In this case, the writer properly quotes and cites sources in
some places, but goes on to paraphrase other arguments from those sources
without citation. This way, the writer tries to pass off the paraphrased material as
his or her own analysis of the cited material.
Anti-Plagiarism measures: Is there a way out?
Only ascertaining liability is not enough as in the same it is very difficult to rectify ones mistakes
than to merely punish him. Even in law there is scope of reformation and the same is also
necessary to be provided for any such researcher. Also it is always not possible for technology to

detect such practices and in such scenario it is not advisable to rely only on technology and thus
it is necessary to also conduct tests upon the material presented before the evaluators by the
researchers in form of presentations as well as viva-voice examinations. Even at times it can be
that if there is scope of proof reading the same can be a useful tool in detecting whether the
matter researched and presented is original or not. The evaluators should also emphasize upon
making original work and stress must be laid upon the content and not the volume of work.
More than often it is seen that due to either lack of interest of any student in any area of research
or due to paucity of time it is not possible for them to undertake a research in strict terms as they
also have to comply with certain other conditions of time and such other conditions prevalent. In
these cases efforts should be taken to allow the student-researchers to evaluate themselves and
thereby chose the areas where they want to work else if not possible then proper materials should
be provided to them as to do research and finally, make an original work of their own. It needs to
be emphasised that the matter of contention for securing good grades in a research should lie
upon the content and how much voluminous the work is as it shall then encourage the
researchers to do original work in whatever little form they can.


The use of references and its need cannot be over-emphasised but it is for sure that if the
references are not used properly then in that case it shall lead to various adverse results. An issue
of plagiarism if gets associated with a research then the study becomes a disaster and the whole
research becomes a waste. The best way out in that case is that to cite the proper resources in a
proper format. Else the whole motto of research becomes futile and the matter becomes plagued
with allegations of intentional copying and such attributes. It also to be remembered that if the
research is properly cited, then also the study can come under the perview of plagiarism and if it
contains only borrowed ideas and expressions.
Thus, references and citation gives sanctity and authenticity to ones work. If a matter is properly
cited and relevant sources are provided then the originality of the work is established. The same
helps in gaining of proper knowledge and also acts as a guide for future study, research as well as
further and even more investigation and analysis of the same matter. The need of references and
citation have been also emphasised at the beginning of the study and it can be concluded after
studying the whole matter on references and citation that they act as the eyes and ears of the
study so done and conducted.
Regarding the forms and types of citation and study it can be well seen that there are various
styles available and also various methods which are followed in this regard. This clearly is an
indication to the fact that the matter of research and its authenticity is a cause of concern for one
and all. But the lack of uniformity of the citation and referencing has caused a problem for many
people. The multiplicity of the forms of citation and references has caused even more chaos at
times in the research field. The indulgence of certain universities and also journals in strict
adherence to certain particular styles of referencing causes the researcher to either come terms
with the style or else fall in the pit of improper citation which is also a ground of dismissal of
the study. The variety in the style and method of research though remains the same but the
difference in footnoting, citation and such authentications as are required from time to time in a
research, cause confusion in the minds of the researcher as well as those who are engaged in the

study of the subject matter. The numerous citation styles bring variety but due to lack of their
uniformity it is not possible to have a common research method that can be adopted across the
globe for better legal research. Depending upon the universities there are various acclaimed and
proper research referencing styles developed which have their similarities and dissimilarities and
even a single country can be said to have numerous referencing styles. Even in India this is very
widely seen and apart from the Indian Law Institute no other universities have their own method
of references but tend to follow the methods such as MLA style or Bluebook Citation or Harvard
System of Referencing. This again causes lack of uniformity and places and obligation upon the
researcher to make himself conversant with various styles followed widely.
The need of citation is also seen in context of any articles besides researches and these help a
person to grow as a researcher to further develop an intention of doing good research.
Thus, with certain shortcomings as mentioned above it is necessary that one includes the proper
method of referencing and citation while doing a study. Also, certain suggestions as to the
number of citation formats a uniform citation format should be present in a field of study as that
would help in better understanding of the same and proper inclusion of the sources used.
A few guidelines as to this aspect may be as follows:
Keeping the format simple and less complex;
Awareness should be made about this aspect at the grass root level of study i.e. at the time
one starts his under-graduation in his 1st year of study if possible;
Instructors should be well versed with the developments in citation formats across the
globe which is followed;
Emphasizing upon the students the need of references and explaining the methods clearly
so that there is no confusion as to what and how a format is to be used;
Lastly, an effort should be made to come up with a uniform referencing system that can
suit any type of research in a legal field thereby, causing decline in the number of
reference styles to be followed helping also less confusion and chaos;


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