The academic articles and our own writing scholars generally list the following types of plagiarism:
The Web provides easy access to resources on how to avoid plagiarism. Check those sources out if you have doubts as to your own ability to recognize whether you have plagiarized from a source. Bottom line, if you quote it or paraphrase it (essentially everything you draft regarding the law will be one or the other) provide the proper citation to the correct source. Failing to do so in the academic setting puts your grade in jeopardy.
Plagiarism is academic misconduct.
"In brief, any act which represents work not one’s own as one’s own is an academically dishonest act. If a student is ever in doubt about an issue of academic dishonesty, or has any hesitation about a contemplated course of action, the student should consult his or her instructors. The penalties for academic dishonesty can be very painful and can affect the entire educational experience at Illinois Central College."
From the Illinois Central College Student Handbook.