You can avoid plagiarism by citing appropriate sources within the text of your paper as well as in the work cited/bibliography list at the end of your paper.
There are several different citation styles, it is important to know what style you are required to use for your paper so always check with your instructor. This guide provides quick references to citing materials in all styles, along with links to outside sources that may be helpful for citing sources.
The following PDF offers examples of how to take someone else's idea and properly paraphrase it.
Plagiarism is when a person uses someone else's words or ideas without giving them proper credit.
A research paper should be a combination of your ideas and the previous research of other scholars on the same topic. You can quote, paraphrase,summarize or use another scholar's words, facts and ideas, but this borrowed material must not be presented as your own creation.You should be looking for sources that provide you with new information about the topic that expands your ideas.
It is your responsibility as a university student to learn and use appropriate research writing techniques. See the UW Colleges Student Rights and Regulations Brochure for an official statement on academic miscunduct.