Paraphrasing means integrating someone else’s words or ideas into your writing by putting those ideas into your own words.  Paraphrasing isn’t an exercise in using a thesaurus–changing a few words is not putting something into your own words.  To adequately paraphrase you need to reword an idea so that the idea is presented in your style of writing.  All paraphrased text and ideas need to be cited.

Paraphrasing [TUTORIAL]
Dalhousie University Libraries

A brief, non-interactive tutorial that defines paraphrasing and then offers “five easy steps to effective paraphrasing.” 

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing [E-HANDOUT]
The OWL at Purdue

This e-handout examines how to integrate sources by examining when to quote, paraphrase, or summarize the source.

Bedford Research Room

This tutorial walks the user through how to integrate sources through direct quotations, paraphrases, and summaries. Each section includes examples from student writing, but there are no interactive elements in this tutorial.


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