What is plagiarism?
“To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source.”
Plagiarism. In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (2010). Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarism
Types of plagiarism
Self-plagiarism: If you use writing from a previous assignment or context, you must ask for the facilitator's approval. All writing must acknowledge its source, even if that source is you, to avoid plagiarism.
For more information please see the Office of Research Integrity's statement here: https://ori.hhs.gov/plagiarism-13
How to Paraphrase:
To avoid plagiarism, you have to change more than a few words. It has to be your thoughts about the author's ideas, and the author needs to cited.
Paraphrasing, summarizing, and plagiarizing on Purdue University’s OWL.