4 Paraphrasing Don’ts
This video provides strategies to help with paraphrasing in order to avoid plagiarism.
Good paraphrasing is key to successful academic writing. Keep these 4 things in mind when paraphrasing.
- Don’t paraphrase without really reading and understanding the source. This is a dealbreaker. You can’t paraphrase an idea that you don’t fully understand. You’ll need to read carefully, and you might need to read the source several times.
- Don’t look at the original as you try to paraphrase. Focus on capturing the idea, not the sentences. Imagine you’re explaining it to a friend.
- Don’t change the meaning of ideas or take them out of context. If the authors crept up behind you and read your paraphrase, would they think it was accurate?
- Don’t change only a few words here and there. Copy no more than 3-4 words in a row (except for technical terms that can’t be paraphrased. Make sure you have copied no more than 20% of the original language
Remember! In a paraphrase, you’ve got to change the structure of the original and as many of the words as possible.
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