Five tips for avoiding plagiarism
  1. Use your own ideas. It should be your paper and your ideas should be the focus.
  2. Use the ideas of others sparingly--only to support or reinforce your own argument.
  3. Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words.
  4. A good strategy is to read and analyze supporting ideas, then "close" the book/article and write a summary of the points you plan to use.
  5. When taking notes, include complete citation information for each item you use.