Another essential step in avoiding plagiarism is understanding the phenomenon of patchwriting, also known as patchwork plagiarism.
Patchwork, when used in a general context, means a combination of a number of different items or elements into one, often a single image, design, and/or object. A patchwork quilt is one of the most well-known and oldest examples.
In the areas of writing and plagiarism, the term "patchwriting" is used in two main contexts. In both, the writer is 'patching' words, sentences and/or ideas together--usually without the appropriate amount of their own work and words.
Your inclusion of quotes, paraphrases, and summaries from sources you consulted should always be explained in the context of how they support your overall argument--your ideas and thoughts about the topic. It should be obvious to the reader why you chose the words/ideas you are citing.