10 months, 2 weeks ago Elise BarbeauKeymaster
Paraphrasing is the act of taking information and re-writing or re-creating it in your own words. It is a tricky art to master when writing papers. If done correctly, it can improve your writing style and make your work seem much more professional to your reader. If done incorrectly, it can harm the integrity of your paper. Below is my favorite technique for how to paraphrase a source while minimizing the chances of accidental plagiarism. This method can apply to papers using any citation style, including MLA, APA, and Chicago.
The process involves following these four steps:
1) Read the information from your chosen source thoroughly, and take your time You want to gain an understanding of the material and its key concepts.
2) After reading the source and establishing what the key concepts in it are, put the source away or remove it from your sight for at least 10 minutes. This is the most important step.
3) Then, start writing notes on what you gleaned from the source and how it fits in with your paper topic. Use these notes to re-create the concept(s) in your own words.
4) Look at the source again and compare it to what you have written down. Your version of the concept should be in your words using your own vocabulary. If you feel that your words appear too similar to the original source, then you should revise.
Please note that even if you paraphrase from a source, you should always include proper citations at the end of your paper.
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