Paraphrase: Write it in
A paraphrase is...
Paraphrasing is a valuable skill because...
6 Steps to Effective Paraphrasing1. Reread the original passage until you understand its full meaning.
2. Set the original aside, write your paraphrase on a note card.
3. Jot down a few words below your paraphrase to remind you later how you envision using this material. At the top of the note card, write a key word or phrase to indicate the subject of your paraphrase.
4. Check your rendition with the original to make sure that your version accurately expresses all the essential information in a new form.
5. Use quotation marks to identify any unique term or phraseology you have borrowed exactly from the source.
6. Record the source (including the page) on your note card so that you can credit it easily if you decide to incorporate the material into your paper.
Some examples to compare
--The original passage--
--A legitimate paraphrase--
--An acceptable summary--
--A plagiarized version--
Students often use too many direct quotations when they take notes, resulting in too many of them in the final research paper. In fact, probably only about 10% of the final copy should consist of directly quoted material. So it is important to limit the amount of source material copied while taking notes.After reviewing this handout, try an exercise on paraphrasing.