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What is paraphrasing. How do I do it?

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2013  |  368 Views

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Paraphrasing is putting an author's thoughts and ideas into your own words, as opposed to quoting something word for word. To paraphrase correctly, you should change the sentence structure and other distinctions of the original passage without misrepresenting its meaning. After you paraphrase something, compare what you’ve written to the original and check that you haven't accidentally kept significant words or phrases.

Always include a citation for paraphrases—even though you changed the words, you are still using someone else’s ideas.

For examples of paraphrasing, please see Research Tips Plagiarism Page.

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