Q. What is paraphrasing?


A paraphrase is defined as "a restatement of speech or writing that retains the basic meaning while changing the words. A paraphrase often clarifies the original statement by putting it into words that are more easily understood."

Paraphrase. (2002). In The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved from Literati by Credo.

Access the database Literati by Credo for more information. On the library homepage, go to Find Books. You will find Literati by Credo on the Find Books & More page.

When you paraphrase, you put other's writing in your own words. Though the words are your own, the ideas are not so you still must cite your source to avoid plagiarism. 

You also will find the Understanding Plagiarism tab in this guide helpful: http://argosy.campusguides.com/research101

You may also want to check out the Purdue Online Writing Lab website's section on paraphrasing as it will explain what paraphrasing is as well as benefits to using it and when to use it as well.



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