Plagiarism is one of the most severe violations of academic writing. It may have serious consequences for a student and even expulsion from college/ university. Not to expose yourself to such unjustified risk, remember rule 1 – avoid any form of plagiarism while writing an essay.
In your draft mark the ideas that are yours and those which are drawn from other sources. Underline, italicise someone else’s words in your notes. As you are paraphrasing, try not to peep into the fprimary source, write from memory. Check and correct possible inaccuracies. Paraphrase acknowledging the author, e.g. According to.. If you want to keep a particular phrase, do not fail to use quotation marks with it.