FSU Academic Honor Policy on Plagiarism states (2014, p. 1):". . . PLAGIARISM. Presenting the work of another as one's own (i.e., without proper acknowledgement of the source). Typical Examples Include: Using another's work from print, web, or other sources without acknowledging the source; quoting from a source without citation; using facts, figures, graphs, charts or information without acknowledgement of the source; utilizing ghostwriting or pay-for-paper services."
Types of Plagiarism. Plagiarsm.org (n.d.) Retrieved 9/2/2014 from <http://plagiarism.org/citing-sources/whats-a-citation>
The Principles of Paraphrasing by the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Avoiding Plagiarism by Purdue OWL (Online Writing Guide):
Step 1: Reading the Information Carefully
Step 2: Make sure you understand the vocabulary, points and themes of the piece.
Step 3: Take a break from the material. Digest the information, make it part of your knowledge base by apply already known personal knowledge and experiences.
Step 4: Write out what the article talks about as though you were talking to someone about the article without the article open.
Step 5: Compare grammar and vocabulary to make sure it is phrased in your unique communication style and structure.
Step 6: Give credit to unique ideas by citations. *If information is common knowledge no citation is needed even if found in an article.
Handymandanonline This is a good website that checks for similarities in language and vocabulary between the original work and the paraphrasing to preserve original scholarly content.