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Paraphrasing Appropriately  

Hints on paraphrasing without plagiarising

One way to avoid plagiarising is to paraphrase an entire paragraph, rather than attempting sentence by sentence.

  • Read the original information carefully, ensuring that you understand exactly what the author is saying
  • Put the original aside and try to write the main ideas in your own words
  • Check that you have kept the meaning of the original source
  • Modify words or phrases that match the original too closely. If unique words or phrases are to be included in your text, ensure they are enclosed in quotation marks
  • Include a citation to the source of information (this should also include the page numbers).
  • Further hints on effective paraphrasing available via the Friend's University Writing Center.


Writing and Plagiarism  
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