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Learn how to recognize and avoid plagiarism.

How to Paraphrase

Paraphrasing is not simply rearranging or rewording an original passage. Correct paraphrasing consists of:

  1. Reading the original passage,
  2. Understanding what the original author is saying,
  3. Synthesizing (putting together) the information, 
  4. Expressing your understanding of these ideas in your own words and then
  5. Citing the original author.


Paraphrasing properly not only keeps you from plagiarizing, it helps you really learn and understand the original source material. It also can make you a more skilled writer.