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Plagiarism: Paraphrasing


Paraphrasing Definition


This quote defines paraphrasing:

"Paraphrasing involves putting a passage from source material into your own words. A paraphrase must also be attributed to the original source. Paraphrased material is usually shorter than the original passage, taking a somewhat broader segment of the source and condensing it slightly" (Driscoll and Brizee).


Example of Paraphrasing


A paraphrasing of the above quote:

A paraphrase expresses ideas in your own words and cites the original material (Driscoll and Brizee).


Example of Reference (MLA style)


Driscoll, Dana Lynn, and Allen Brizee. "Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing." The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue University, 2013. Web. 1 July 2015.