Paraphrasing is to express someone else's ideas in your own words without changing the original meaning.
Paraphrasing involves replacing words, restructuring sentences and rewriting the information in your own words.
|Step 1: Read the original information carefully, ensuring you understand it fully.|
|Step 2: Identify the main points and key words and highlight them.|
|Step 3: Determine what you can change vs what cannot be changed.|
|Step 4: Cover the text so you can’t see any of it.|
|Step 5: Write out the idea in your own words using synonyms or phrases of similar meaning where possible.|
|Step 6: Change the order of the words or structure of the sentences.|
|Step 7: Then check your paraphrase against the original to be sure that you have not changed the meaning and that the information is accurate.|
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Reporting verbs are often used when paraphrasing. Click on the link below for a complete list of reporting verbs.