What needs to be credited or documented:
Bottom line: Document any words, ideas, or other productions that originate somewhere outside of you.
Things that do not need documentation or credit, including:
If you are unsure, ask your instructor, a tutor, or librarian.
source: (Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL))
When adding source material in your paper, you have the option to summarize a source, paraphrase from a source, or directly quote from a source. There are differences and the following table will help you learn what those are.
Table retrieved from: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/teacher_and_tutor_resources/preventing_plagiarism/avoiding_plagiarism/summarizing_paraphrasing_and_quoting.html
Paraphrasing is: restating someone else's idea in your own words.
**To properly paraphrase, you must significantly change the wording, phrasing, and sentence structure of the source. (Don't just plug in synonyms!!)**
Steps to properly paraphrase a text:
Start early - the longer you put off that paper, the more tempting it will be to take shortcuts and plagiarize
Keep track - As you take notes, keep track of all the information you plan to use in one place, such as a Word of Google document.
When in doubt, cite - you can always ask your instructor or librarian if you need help.
This Citation Guide has directions on how to properly format your reference page.