smallpotatosmall wrote:mr.hands wrote:smallpotatosmall wrote:They accused me that a whole page of my brief included the work of a case and law review, I remember I quote the case, but never law review. So far as I know, my writing professor told me sometimes if you want to describe a case, it is better to quote one from other cases which cite this case. And I did that in my 1st semester's brief, no problem, although I have bunch of citation problems, always quotation mark on paraphrase of a case, or quote a paragraph but no citation, although I know this is allowed in the 1st semester, but not 2nd.
I even pulled all-nighters for the brief for I want to make sure I quote everything. I never paraphrased anything I wanted to quote, so there is no accusation regarding to I want to steal others' thoughts in sneaking ways, but word by word "copy" without citation. I said I was always confused about the citation rule, and I never intended to plagiarize others' work. But the dean told me "intent" is not an element for plagiarism, what has been done was done. They accused me of attaining unfair advantage, for I turned in work for credit with work from others.
Sure, but on this paper you didn't cite anything?
In other words: Did the entire page in question have zero citations? Or did you cite one case but just use the wrong case and omit the correct one?
(For future reference, you shouldn't be writing more than 2 sentences without citing to something. If you write a paragraph- or, worse, a page- without a citation, you're doing something wrong. Error on the side of over-citing)
EDIT: I'll echo anony.mouse's comment. I was wondering the same thing
No, I copied the part of a case, which means if there are citations in that case, I have those citations, if there isn't, they no. I have a lot of citations on that page. I think this is fine, since it works for the last semester, and whey I submitted it as the first draft, nobody pointed to me I was wrong.
Sorry about this. I am too devastated now. I mean, in the part of my brief, where the problem arises from, I have citations. But the citation is within the case I cite. That is to say, the case is talking about rules while citing cases, and I copied the rules and those cases reference altogether. I did this for the 1st semester brief, no problem, but now it is such a big deal.