When incorporating a paraphrase into your writing, you will need to provide a citation, just as you would for a direct quotation. Even though you are writing in our own words, you are paraphrasing someone else's ideas. The ideas are not your own.
When paraphrasing, you need to be careful to not plagiarize. Here are some helpful tips for paraphrasing:
Let's take a look at an example:
(Notice that much of the text is taken directly from the original source. This passage is not in the writer's own words.)
Paraphrased Correctly Versions:
There have been many instances in which authors, journalists, and even politicians have plagiarized, and in doing so they have greatly affected their careers. Here are some examples pulled from the headlines: