If you steal from one author is plagiarism; if you steal from many it's research [Wilson Mizner].
Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own (Oxford Dictionary).
There are two forms of plagiarism:
Intentional Plagiarism: when someone knowingly presents someone else’s ideas, research, words and work as his own.
Unintentional Plagiarism: occurs when not giving proper credit for someone’s ideas, research and words when incorporating this in your work. Main sources of unintentional plagiarism:
- Failing to cite your sources correctly
- Not citing paraphrased information
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Quotation, Paraphrase, Summary and Analysis
Quotation: the writer can use the original author’s direct words in quotation marks. Most commonly used to make a direct point or as evidence in supporting an idea.
Paraphrase: the writers puts the original author’s words in their own words.
Summary: used as a brief summary of the source’s main points. Only the most important points in the source should appear in the summary.
Analysis: It’s an elaboration by the author on the original source. It allows the writer to express his own observations and ideas born out of his understanding of the original source.