THE WRITER’S HANDBOOK – AVOIDING PLAGIARISM

Methods of Paraphrasing

  1. Look away from the source then write.

    Read the text you want to paraphrase several times until you feel that you understand it and can use your own words to restate it to someone else. Then, look away from the original and rewrite the text in your own words.

  2. Take notes.

    Take abbreviated notes; set the notes aside; then paraphrase from the notes a day or so later, or when you draft.

If you find that you can’t do A or B, this may mean that you don’t understand the passage completely or that you need to use a more structured process until you have more experience in paraphrasing.

 

 

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