What is the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing?

Plagiarism is the act of using someone else’s work or ideas without crediting the original author and thereby pretending it’s your own.

Paraphrasing means rephrasing the original text in your own words.

So, where does the confusion come from?

When using someone else’s work, you can either quote or paraphrase it to prevent plagiarism. Paraphrase a text if you want to clarify or shorten the original text. Quote the text if you want to keep the exact wording and meaning of the original source.