According to the AMA Manual of Style, plagiarism is the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.1
1. AMA Manual of Style Committee. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. 10th edition ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007. https://www.amamanualofstyle.com/view/10.1093/jama/9780195176339.001.0001/med-9780195176339. Accessed December 12, 2019.
Below you will find a helpful online tutorial from Indiana University on how to avoid plagiarism in your writing.
Below are some steps to effective paraphrasing from the Purdue Online Writing Lab at Purdue University.
"Reread the original passage until you understand its full meaning."2
"Set the original aside, and write your paraphrase on a note card."2
"Jot down a few words below your paraphrase to remind you later how you envision using this material. At the top of the note card, write a key word or phrase to indicate the subject of your paraphrase."2
"Check your rendition with the original to make sure that your version accurately expresses all the essential information in a new form."2
"Use quotation marks to identify any unique term or phraseology you have borrowed exactly from the source."2
"Record the source (including the page) on your note card so that you can credit it easily if you decide to incorporate the material into your paper."2