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Effective paraphrasing

This section provides guidelines for creating a good paraphrase and using paraphrases effectively in your writing.

Why paraphrase?

Paraphrasing involves restating the ideas, arguments or perspectives of others in your own words.

You paraphrase because you want to: Do NOT paraphrase because you want to:
  • show that you have read and understood the work of others.
  • recreate the meanings contained in the work of others in so far as they are relevant to your own purpose and arguments.
  • integrate the work of others into your own writing without directly quoting it.
  • disguise or camouflage your sources.
  • pretend the ideas of the source are your own.
  • avoid properly acknowledging and referencing the ideas in sources you have read.