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  • Paraphrase

    • Effective Paraphrasing Strategies

      • Effective Paraphrasing Strategies
      • Paraphrasing Sources: Paraphrasing Strategies Video
      • Related Resources
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    • Ineffective Paraphrasing Strategies

    • Examples of Paraphrasing

  • Quotation

  • Synthesis

  • Citing Sources Properly

    • Not Enough Citations

    • Citation Frequency in Summaries

    • Incorrect Paraphrasing

    • Lack of Quotation Marks

    • Direct Copy and Pasting From Source

Effective Paraphrasing Strategies

If you’re having trouble paraphrasing a text effectively, try following these steps:

  1. Reread the original passage you wish to paraphrase, looking up any words you do not recognize, until you think you understand the full meaning of and intention behind the author’s words.
  2. Next, cover or hide the passage. Once the passage is hidden from view, write out the author’s idea, in your own words, as if you were explaining it to your instructor or classmates.
  3. After you have finished writing, check your account of the author’s idea against the original. While comparing the two, ask yourself the following questions:

    Have I accurately addressed the author’s ideas in a new way that is unique to my writing style and scholarly voice?

    Have I tried to replicate the author’s idea or have I simply changed words around in his/her original sentence(s)?

  4. Last, include a citation, which should contain the author’s name, the year, and the page or paragraph number (if available), directly following your paraphrase.

Paraphrasing Sources: Paraphrasing Strategies Video

  • Paraphrasing Sources: Paraphrasing Strategies (video transcript)

Related Resources

  • The Easiest Way to Avoid Plagiarism (blog post)

    Writing Center blog post

  • Patchwork Paraphrasing (blog post)

    Writing Center blog post

  • Avoiding Unintentional Plagiarism (blog post)

    Writing Center blog post

  • Paraphrasing Source Information (webinar)

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Writing Center Home Page

Writing Center

  1. Walden University

  2. Academic Guides

  3. Writing Center

  4. Using Evidence

  5. Effective Paraphrasing Strategies

Using Evidence: Effective Paraphrasing Strategies

Print Page
Report a broken link

  • Overview

    • Introduce

    • Integrate

    • Explain

  • Summary

  • Paraphrase

    • Effective Paraphrasing Strategies

      • Effective Paraphrasing Strategies
      • Paraphrasing Sources: Paraphrasing Strategies Video
      • Related Resources
      • Web Page Feedback
    • Ineffective Paraphrasing Strategies

    • Examples of Paraphrasing

  • Quotation

  • Synthesis

  • Citing Sources Properly

    • Not Enough Citations

    • Citation Frequency in Summaries

    • Incorrect Paraphrasing

    • Lack of Quotation Marks

    • Direct Copy and Pasting From Source

Effective Paraphrasing Strategies

If you’re having trouble paraphrasing a text effectively, try following these steps:

  1. Reread the original passage you wish to paraphrase, looking up any words you do not recognize, until you think you understand the full meaning of and intention behind the author’s words.
  2. Next, cover or hide the passage. Once the passage is hidden from view, write out the author’s idea, in your own words, as if you were explaining it to your instructor or classmates.
  3. After you have finished writing, check your account of the author’s idea against the original. While comparing the two, ask yourself the following questions:

    Have I accurately addressed the author’s ideas in a new way that is unique to my writing style and scholarly voice?

    Have I tried to replicate the author’s idea or have I simply changed words around in his/her original sentence(s)?

  4. Last, include a citation, which should contain the author’s name, the year, and the page or paragraph number (if available), directly following your paraphrase.

Paraphrasing Sources: Paraphrasing Strategies Video

  • Paraphrasing Sources: Paraphrasing Strategies (video transcript)

Related Resources

  • The Easiest Way to Avoid Plagiarism (blog post)

    Writing Center blog post

  • Patchwork Paraphrasing (blog post)

    Writing Center blog post

  • Avoiding Unintentional Plagiarism (blog post)

    Writing Center blog post

  • Paraphrasing Source Information (webinar)

  • << Previous: Paraphrase
  • Next: Ineffective Paraphrasing Strategies >>

Walden Departments, Centers, and Resources

Departments

  • Academic Advising
  • Academic Residencies
  • Academic Skills Center
  • Career Services
  • Disability Services
  • Field Experience
  • Library
  • Military Services
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Support
  • Writing Center

Centers

  • Center for Academic Excellence
  • Center for Degree Acceleration
  • Center for Research Quality
  • Center for Social Change

Student Resources

  • Doctoral Capstone Resources
  • e-Guide
  • Form & Style Review
  • Quick Answers
  • ScholarWorks
  • Walden Bookstore
  • Walden Catalog & Student Handbook

Walden

  • Walden University
  • myWalden
  • Student Safety/Title IX
  • Legal & Consumer Information
  • Copyright 2018 Walden University

Walden Staff Login