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Avoiding Plagiarism

Paraphrasing

What is Paraphrasing?

  • Paraphrasing is putting the author's ideas into your own words.

  • You MUST cite the original source, both in-text and in your references/works cited.


Paraphrasing is NOT:

  • Using a thesaurus to change words in a sentence or passage.

  • Rearranging words in a sentence or passage.


When to Paraphrase?

  • MOST of your research findings should be paraphrased.

  • Paraphrasing allows you to simplify or explain complex articles or passages.

  • Paraphrasing is the best way to share statistics and numerical data.


When you paraphrase, you show your professor that:

  • you understand the material.

  • you can synthesize information from a variety of sources.

  • you put time and effort into your research and writing.


How to Paraphrase

  1. Read the original material.
  2. Take notes IN YOUR OWN WORDS as you read.
  3. Use your notes to weave together ideas from different sources in your paper.