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I read 3 articles on cleaning widgets, then I put the 3 articles away (in the desk) and write my own article about cleaning widgets from the general knowledge (no specific statistics or facts) I learnt from the articles.
At the end of the article I give them credit:
What is proper is hard to say. What is considered proper varies from context to context. The net tends to be very loose.
This is generally the way most people write term papers, but would not be okay for a dissertation or work published in a reputable journal.
If you are blogging, I doubt you would see any legal problems unless you were mechanizing article jumbling or ended up somehow copying a great deal of the sentence structure in the works.
There is nothing that prevents sources from suing, especially when money and reputations are at stake. If the parties you cite feel you are doing them material harm, they might sue or send a cease and desist letter.
There have been some high profile suits against popular authors for essentially rephrasing works of others.
The line between research and plagiarism can be thin.
The mere fact that you are asking makes me worry that you are working on a project that is pushing the edges, in which case you probably should have real legal advice.
You should be using some form of either MLA or APA way of citing sources depending on what you are writing about. Do a google search on citing sources & look for the English Dept. from Purdue University. They have a wonderful online information specifically geared towards citing from online sources.
That way you will have no worries & your won't have to worry about the bad side of Karma! lol