Paraphrasing is restating an author's ideas in your own words by changing both the language and the sentence structure of the original passage. This is the most common way to incorporate information borrowed from another author into your academic work, but it can be tricky to master--paraphrasing takes lots of practice.
Practice your ability to recognize an effective paraphrase in the next activity.
Paraphrasing Activity by Excelsior Online Writing Lab is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-4.0 International CC BY 4.0
Plagiarism & Paraphrasing -Includes information on how to provide proper citations and credibility in academic writing. It discusses how properly cited paraphrasing helps students truly understand the material. The resource also includes references to citation sources and guidelines that students can follow to avoid plagiarism in their writing. It also links to two Guides on the Purdue University Writing Center with more tips on Citations and Avoiding Plagiarism in college and after graduation.