To avoid all forms of plagiarism, including accidental plagiarism, systematically note the source of all information you retrieve from your research. For example, if you copy/paste a text found on the Internet, put it between quotation marks and immediately jot down the information required to cite the source.
If you deem it necessary to cite a passage from a hard copy or electronic document, put the passage in quotation marks and indicate the source. However, it should be noted that in Science and Engineering, it is recommended that you paraphrase (in your own words) the information you wish to use. If you paraphrase the text, there is no need for quotation marks; however, you must still cite the source.
REMEMBER! Regardless of whether you choose a word-for-word quotation or decide to paraphrase the idea, you must always credit the source.
More about citing sources in the APA 7th and IEEE tabs of this guide.