There are three main techniques used in most research assignments/papers to properly integrate and incorporate source material: Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing. Most well-written assignments will use a combination of the three techniques, but the techniques should be used appropriately in different situations.
All three techniques --because in all three techniques you are borrowing the words and/or ideas of someone else.
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TIP: Cite as you write, or at minimum, use some method to indicate to yourself which words are borrowed and which words are your own:
TIP: When summarizing or paraphrasing, don't look at the source material while you're writing your version:
As with any academic integrity questions, please consult the librarians, Learning Center tutors, and/or your professors for help. (Remember--even professional writers often have editors!)