Plagiarism is the act of using someone’s ideas, expressions, or thoughts without crediting the author and presenting them as your own. You may paraphrase a statement or quote “word for word” parts of a source as long as you report where they originated from. There are instances where students have been disciplined (dismissed from school) because of plagiarism.
The following links will help you understand in depth what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
This web site is provided by iParadigms LLC. It has information on various aspects on the subject.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab
Here you will find extensive information on plagiarism and how to avoid it. This site also shows how to process your writings and use various styles.
Writing Center of UNC College of Arts and Sciences
This site helps students to understand clearly how to avoid plagiarizing by providing points on the writing and quoting process, as well as ethical aspects.