Paraphrasing is helpful to clarify and condense a passage or theory from another scholar, critic, or theorist. However, it is not sufficient to simply change a few words or rearrange a few sentences. In order to properly paraphrase, the information must be restated by the student in his or her own words. A citation must still be included with the paraphrased material, which credits the original author and source of the information. When paraphrasing, do not use quotation marks unless using the original author’s exact words.
Paraphrase to do the following:
The following tips may prove helpful when paraphrasing original material:
Adapted from Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Citing by Saint Mary's University and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.