To plagiarize is “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own” (Plagiarizing, 2019).
Plagiarism isn’t always intentional. But whether you meant to or not, you can be severely punished.
To avoid plagiarizing, all you have to do is cite! If you think someone says it perfectly, then quote them and cite it. If you think an idea really furthers your argument, cite it.
However, there are some common mistakes to avoid.
Plagiarizing. (2019). In Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarizing
The University’s Code of Student Conduct states that plagiarism is academic misconduct. To read the full definition set forth, as well as the sanctions that could be applied for misconduct, please see the Code of Student Conduct.