Below is a quotation followed by three samples, one of which inadvertantly plagiarizes. See if you can identify what each sample is (a paraphrase or a summary), and see if you can "catch" the one that inadvertently plagiarizes.
Quotation: "Empire State College has a policy describing the conditions under which students may be warned or withdrawn from the College for such unethical academic behavior as plagiarism, forgery, misrepresentation, or other dishonest or deceptive acts which constitute grounds for warning or administrative withdrawal" (CDL Student Handbook 5).
Number 1 is the summary; it has condensed the source and articulates the main idea.
Number 2 is an appropriate paraphrase. The writer has used her own words and sentence structure to relate the essence of the source.
Number 3 is a paraphrase that inadvertently plagiarizes because it retains too much of the source's language and sentence structure.