Paraphrasing is a particularly useful tool in a student’s inventory when it comes to improving the academic level of a piece of text. Here is a quick guide to everything you need to know about paraphrasing and rewriting a text, and some top tips to take.
What is paraphrasing?
Paraphrasing, explained simply, is when you restate another person’s ideas. You provide the usual proper in-text references and citations to show the source of information, but you use a different set of words to explain the same thing. A paraphrased text will usually be around the same length of the original but will have a slightly different sentence structure. Paraphrasing is essentially explaining another person’s ideas.
Most universities and colleges will encourage their students to use paraphrasing in their projects to raise the academic quality of a project. Paraphrasing enables a student to present their understanding of a subject, without directly copying (or ‘plagiarising’) another’s work, in turn allowing lecturers and teachers to assess a student’s critical thinking and understanding of a project more effectively.
5 tips for paraphrasing
1. Always include sources and citations
It goes without saying that you should always clearly reference sources and citations used within your text, reproducing them faithfully in your own version. This ensures that your evidence is backed up with support.
2. Understand the author’s intention before you paraphrase
Always read the original text fully before starting your own paraphrased version and make sure that you understand what the author was trying to achieve and say with their text. This will help to speed up the writing of your own version.
3. Keep it natural
Don’t automatically reach for the thesaurus when you can’t think of a different word to describe something. Whilst using a thesaurus to find additional ways to phrase information is useful occasionally, relying on one too much to complete paraphrasing can end up making your text sound unnatural and artificial. Keep your paraphrasing natural.
4. Limit your personal observations
Remember that paraphrasing is about communicating the intentions of the author— not yourself. Limit your personal observations in your paraphrased work to focus your paraphrasing on what matters— the thoughts of your author.
5. Use different sentence structures
A great way to make sure that your paraphrasing is unique is to use different sentence structures than those used in the original text. This will help you to keep your version feeling fresh and original.
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