This resource discusses how to paraphrase correctly and accurately.
My out-of-date knowledge ties in perfectly with my students’ research project about innovative inventors. After all, these were people who refused to accept the status quo and thought “outside the box” for solutions to common problems…like how to make font spaces equivalent! Day 2 of our project had us learning how to paraphrase from websites. I didn’t expect this to be an easy lesson, but kids are so willing to learn and challenge themselves. One thing students do need to have in their prior knowledge is an understanding of synonyms and some sentence fluency.
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Paraphrasing, he told me how he felt God was guiding the nation in a different direction and how, more or less, Donald Trump was part of this plan.
This paraphrase has two key problems: it doesn’t cite the original source, and it copies too much of the original wording and sentence structure.
Here the writer re-words Nickerson's idea about what determines effective communication. The writer re-phrases "generally accurate knowledge" into "reasonably accurate idea." In the second sentence, the writer re-words Nickerson's ideas about miscommunication and embarrassment using instead the words "misunderstand," "bewildered," and "patronized." Nickerson is given credit from the beginning as the originator of the ideas. This is an example of a successful paraphrase because the writer understands the ideas espoused by Nickerson, and is able to put them into her own words while being careful to give him credit.We have all watched a good television show or an interesting news story that we wanted to tell others about. When you are explaining the show or story, you most likely tell your friends, your family, or your coworkers what happened, how it happened, and why it happened. In doing so, you describe things like the plot, the main characters, the events, and the important points using your own words. This skill is paraphrasing–using your own words to express someone else's message or ideas.Notice that the writer both paraphrases Nickerson's ideas about effective communication and compresses them into two sentences. Like paraphrasing, summarizing passages is a tricky endeavor and takes lots of practice. If you're ever in doubt about whether your summary or paraphrase might be accidental plagiarism, ask your teacher.Not sure what each of these are, or how they work in the context of your paper? This guide will explain the differences among paraphrasing, patchwriting, and using a direct quote. We will also show you how to properly paraphrase information from a source.When you paraphrase in writing, the ideas and meaning of the original source must be maintained; the main ideas need to come through, but the wording has to be your own. And, of course, credit needs to be given to the author. You don’t want to over quote in your paper. A great alternative to quoting is to paraphrase information. However, paraphrasing takes a little more skill than directly quoting information, because, to paraphrase correctly, you need to understand what the original quote or passage is about in order to write about it in your words.Paraphrasing plagiarism is committed when a writer summarizes an idea taken from another source and fails both to cite the author(s) and to provide the corresponding reference.As you can see in the examples, the essence and meaning of the paraphrased versions are similar to the original sentences. The paraphrased sentences even used the main keywords from the original source, but the order and the structure of the sentence changed when the author put the information in his own words. You can apply these same tactics to paraphrasing longer texts as well. Here is an example of how to paraphrase a paragraph of information:When you paraphrase, you’ll include information from sources in your own words, so your professors will still know you’re using sources, but you won’t have to quote everything.In video example #2: James the social worker effectively uses a paraphrase to gain insights into the nature of Anthony’s relationships with peers. Suspecting gang activity, James brings focus to this possibility when he states, “Oh, you’ve got some sort of status at school.”Paraphrasing services are extremely popular now, since they give you the opportunity to get a good paper even though you plagiarized unintentionally. They also do not cost as much as ordering an entire custom paper and take less time. Using this kind of help is convenient and can easily become an integral part of your customary writing routine.