Even if you paraphrase or put something into your own words, you still need to cite the original source.
Plagiarism @ DU
According to our Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy, Plagiarism is a particular kind of academic misconduct in which one person takes another person’s ideas, words, or images, and falsely presents them as his or her own product. If a student submits any work that is not entirely his or her own, the student is plagiarizing.
Plagiarism may take many forms: cheating, copying information directly without providing quotation marks, failing to cite sources, or citing sources incorrectly. It does not matter whether you intended to plagiarize or whether the plagiarism occurred unintentionally; it still constitutes academic dishonesty. Ignorance of the rules of correct citation is not an acceptable excuse for plagiarism.
Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty can subject a student to both academic discipline and disciplinary action under the university Student Conduct Review Process, and may result in suspension or dismissal from Drury University.
Plagiarism: Don't Do It
Posted with permission from Washburn University.
To avoid plagiarizing someone else words or ideas, make sure you:
- Paraphrase the original text into your own words. Be sure you are not just rearranging phrases or replacing a couple of words.
- Use quotation marks around text that has been taken directly from the original source.
- Cite every source of information you use to write your paper unless it is common knowledge or the results of your own research. This includes facts, figures, and statistics as well as opinions and arguments.