THE WRITER’S HANDBOOK, ‘AVOIDING PLAGIARISM’

How to paraphrase a source

General advice

  1. When reading a passage, try first to understand it as a whole, rather than pausing to write down specific ideas or phrases.
  2. Be selective. Unless your assignment is to do a formal or “literal” paraphrase, you usually don?t need to paraphrase an entire passage; instead, choose and summarize the material that helps you make a point in your paper.
  3. Think of what “your own words” would be if you were telling someone who’s unfamiliar with your subject (your mother, your brother, a friend) what the original source said.
  4. Remember that you can use direct quotations of phrases from the original within your paraphrase, and that you don’t need to change or put quotation marks around shared language.
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