It is good to paraphrase (often times better than quoting), but you should always cite the original research work.
Plagiarism is intellectual theft. It is surprisingly easy for professors and scholars to identify.
Let’s say you find an idea you like in a scholarly article. Here is the text:
You paraphrase and write:
You consider these questions:
- Do you need to cite what you have written? … Hmmm …
- Is the idea about which you wrote your own? No! Thus, you must cite the
original author(s) of the idea.
For more information on plagiarism, visit the HCC Library "What is Plagiarism" LibGuide.